This 12-year-old autistic swimmer Jiya Rai created history by swimming 36 kms from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India in 8 hours and 40 min. Jiya Rai’s astounding swimming feat is dedicated to raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). On Wednesday.
In a first-of-its-kind feat, autistic swimmer Jiya Rai swam from the Bandra-Worli Sea Link to the Gateway of India, Mumbai.
Naval sailor, Madan Rai. She has created history by swimming from the Bandra Worli Sea Link to the Gateway of India in Mumbai on February 18. She wanted to create awareness about the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She set a record by swimming 36 km in 8 hours 40 minutes. She started swimming at 3.50 am and reached shore by 12.30 pm.
She has taken the responsibility on herself as she is also diagnosed with the same condition. She wants to spread awareness about ASD. Jiya had earlier swam from the Elephanta Island to the Gateway of India, a distance of 14 km in 3 hours 27 minutes and 30 seconds, on 15 February 2020. She is the youngest world record holder with ASD to swim 14 km in open waters.
The event was organized by the Swimming Association of Maharashtra. The FIT India Movement of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affair also participated in the event. After the event, Jiya was felicitated with a trophy by N Zarir Baliwala, president of Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association (GMAAA).