Twelve-year-old Jiya Rai, daughter of a Naval sailor Madan Rai, created history by swimming from Bandra-Worli sea link to Gateway of India, a distance of 36 km in 8 hrs and 40 minutes on 17 Feb 21. She is a known case of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dedicated the swimming feat to raise awareness about autism. She commenced her record setting feat in the early morning hours of 17 Feb at 0350 hrs from Bandra-Worli sea link and completed at Gateway of India at 1230 hrs. The swimming event was conducted under observation of swimming association of maharashtra, a recognised body of swimming federation of India. The event was also associated with FIT India Movement by Ministry of Youth and Sports Affair.
Jiya was felicitated with a trophy by Zarir N Baliwala, president of Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association (GMAAA) at the award ceremony held at Gateway of India.
Jiya had earlier swam from Elephanta Island to Gateway of India, distance of 14 km in 03 hrs 27 minutes and 30 sec on 15 Feb 20 and holds a world record for youngest girl with ASD to swim 14 km in open waters.
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