Daughter of naval sailor Madan Rai, Jia made history by swimming from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India
A 12 year old girl Jia Rai swims across from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India to create awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder in India. She travelled in water around 36 Km in 08 hrs and 40 minutes from Bandra to Gateway of India and dedicated the swimming feat to raise awareness about Autism.
Daughter of naval sailor Madan Rai, Jia made history by swimming from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India, a distance of 36 Km in 08 hrs and 40 minutes on 17 Feb. She is a known case of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She commenced her record setting feat in the early morning hours at 0350 hrs from Bandra-Worli sea link and completed at Gateway of India at 1230 hrs on 17 Feb 21.
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 Rai was felicitated with a trophy by Ms Zarir N Baliwala, President of Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association (GMAAA). Jiya Rai 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 world record for youngest girl with ASD to swim 14 km in open waters