Newsmaker: Jiya Rai


Jiya Rai, an autistic 12-year-old girl and daughter of naval sailor Madan Rai, made history by swimming from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to the Gateway of India in Mumbai. On February 17, 2021, she covered a distance of 36kms in 8 hours and 40 minutes. Jiya dedicated her swimming feat to raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The event was conducted by the Swimming Association of Maharashtra, which is a recognised body of the Swimming Federation of India. The award ceremony was held at the Gateway of India. She was felicitated with a trophy by Zarir N Baliwala, the president of the Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association (GMAAA). 

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