Tvisha swims from Mora to Gateway with an eye on English Channel

Published: 28 November, 2013 01:53 IST | Sundari Iyer |

All of 10, Tvisha Thakkar braved the rough sea to swim from Mora jetty in Raigad district to the Gateway of India here yesterday � a distance of 14kms which the Class V student of David English Medium School, Chondhi (Alibag) completed in three hours, 59 minutes and eight seconds.

The youngster may have completed only her first-ever open sea swimming experience, but aims high nevertheless.

Tvisha Thakkar
Tvisha Thakkar. Pic/Bipin Kokate

“Though I learnt swimming in a pool, I enjoy the challenges of swimming in the open sea. When I grow up, I want to cross the English Channel and compete in other long-distance international events.

“I want to be like my coach (Santosh) Patil sir, who holds the world record of swimming across the Santa Barbara Channel (in 2012) in 2 hours and 12 minutes,” said Tvisha, who cried as she embraced her worried parents immediately after the swim. 

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