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Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2013
February 11, 2013

Building A Legacy One Stroke At A Time
The eagerly anticipated “Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2013” made big news in the media and the record turnout of 15000+ viewers enjoyed the real essence of cheering for the 600 odd participants from across 14 categories. The Square Off Swimmathon was held at the Gateway Of India on Sunday, 10th Feb, 2013 and Varun Dhawan, the newest Bollywood Sensation added the glamour touch by flagging off the race along with Ms. Shaina N.C, Executive World Chairperson, GIANTS International. The race was promoted by Square Off under the auspices of the Maharashtra State Amateur Aquatic Association (MSAAA). 

LIC, D’signer Watches, Magic Holidays should be complimented for their effort to sponsor this unique event in such a professional manner along with other event partners like Black Panther, Mumbai Mirror, Clauderricks Enterprises, Crown Foods etc. 

Young and talented swimmers Saurabh Malwankar and Nikita Prabhu from Kolhapur were adjudged as the fastest swimmers in male and female category. In the men’s category age group of 17-30, Aman Gomat from Pune won the race finishing at 54 min 41 sec while Thane girl, Janhavi Mahadik, lead the sea swimming race in female category reaching the finish point in 1 hr 22 min 42 sec. “This is the first time I’ve participated in the Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon.  I faced a few difficulties during the race but I was determined to win. Prior to this I have achieved success at International platforms like One Malaysia and One Kenya but nothing compares to swimming in Indian seas!” said Aman Gomat.

Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2013 saw participation of some incredible swimmers in the physically-challenged category. National champion Sagar Badve (physically challenged category-5) lead the race and completed it at 59 min 42 sec and another young swimmer Swapnil Patil from Kolhapur won the title in physically challenged category-6, finishing the race at 1 hr 02 min 24 sec. 17 year old national champion Parth Hendre was declared as the runner-up.
This year Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2013 was supported by GIANTS International, a leading NGO with a view to promote ‘Save Girl Child’ campaign. “It feels great to be associated with major open sea swimming competition like Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2013. I’m very thankful to Square Off for taking this initiative and give Indian swimmers a perfect platform to showcase their talent. GIANTS International supports various national projects and we would like this competition to focus the ‘Girl Child’ as this competition has good participation of girl swimmers,” said Shaina N.C. Shaina is confident that open sea swimming is India’s best chance to earn a medal in upcoming Olympics.

Square Off believes in a strong public-private partnership, by leveraging the existing sports associations & government bodies while bringing in corporate best practices in the sports industry, as the way forward for sports in India. Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon is a shining example of the same. Square Off, in association with the Maharashtra State Amateur Aquatic Association (MSAAA), brought back to Mumbai shores the 52 year old Sunk Rock to Gateway Sea Swimming race in 2012. The race was brought to an excruciating & grinding halt after the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008. 

Back in a new avatar as the Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon, Square Off has brought in innovative marketing and promotional features to increase awareness & garner attention to make this as one of the awaited annual events in the Swimming calendar. The event was well received in the social networking circles too on the facebook micro-site facebook.com/MumbaiSwimmathon with continuous interactions between participants. By introducing the new Sub – Juniors category (10 – 12 Yrs) Square Off intends to nurture participant’s right from formative age thereby building career opportunities in open sea-swimming sport.

Square Off’s Sachin Girishkumar & Rajesh Gupta said, “We at Square Off believe that the Indian youth have exceptional potential which can be leveraged by giving the right platform. We are proud to promote open sea swimming in India in association with MSAAA and Swimming Federation of India. It is the newest Olympic sport and given the right attention, we are confident that India can excel at the international level.”



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