India’s oldest open sea swimming competition is now ‘Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2012’ – Sunk Rock to Gateway
February 25, 2012

Mumbai’s premier swimming event makes a comeback at Gateway of India for the first time after 26/11 terror attacks

One of the biggest sports fallout of the 26/11 terror attacks was the city’s premier sea swimming competition that came to a an excrutiating and grinding halt for security reasons. Ironically in the same year, the International Olympic Committee added the 10 KM open water race to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Four years after that unfortunate event, the ‘Sunk Rock to Gateway Of India Sea Swimming Competition’ is back again in a new avatar as 
“Square Off Mumbai Swimathon 2012” – Sunk Rock to Gatewaypromoted by Square Off under the auspices of the Maharashtra State Amateur Aquatic Association (MSAAA).

“Square Off Mumbai Swimathon 2012” – Sunk Rock to Gateway is supported by Maharashtra state government, Mumbai Port Trust, Mumbai Police, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and promoted by Square Off under the auspices of the MSAAA and will be hosted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Gateway of India. With the historic Gateway of India and majestic Taj Mahal hotel in the backdrop, the Swimmathon aims to add to the charm, joy and pride of Mumbai.

The first race of this prestigious event was conducted from Sunk Rock Light House to Gateway of India on Sunday, 14th December 1947. The winners of this race were Pam Ballantyna (Women) (55 mins 23.5 secs) and Isaac Mansoor (Maccabi club) (Men) (45 mins) .Open Water swimming poses unique challenges to the swimmers as there are no lane lines, walls or starting blocks to dictate what it takes to win.  The unpredictable natural conditions often play a deciding role in determining the winner of such a race. “We are pleased to host this event in association with Square Off, which has the expertise to conduct a race of this kind. We hope the state government will continue their support and encouragement to hosts such events, which can surely add to India’s medal tally in the Olympics to come,” said Kishor Vaidya ,Secretary MSAAA.

The Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2012 will witness 500 swimmers across fourteen categories. Male and Female swimmers above the age of 10 years will compete for top honors across 14 categories, inclusive of 4 special categories for the physically challenged swimmers. 

The star attractions of 
Square Off Mumbai Swimmathon 2012 will be the Padmashree and Arjun Awardee, Taranath Shenoy, National Champion Kunal Hendre, and Visually Challenged Swimmer Sanket Bhirud.

In association with MSAAA, Square Off, a leading Sports Management Company will be promoting this event, by offering its expertise in sports management, consulting and training. With a strategic vision for professionalizing the delivery of sports in India and focusing on value creation by adopting an equal emphasis approach towards all stake-holders we work with, Square Off hopes to create a paradigm shift and act as agents to encourage youth to take up sports as a profession and excel in their respective sports.
”This is the year of the Olympics and as a nation we need ask ourselves - do we remain a one sport nation or do we look towards enhancing our nation’s pride and image in other prestigious international sporting arenas. Square Off is proud to promote the newest Olympic sport & hope to lay a strong platform for Indian talent to showcase their abilities & reach for the gold” – Sachin Girishkumar, CEO, Square Off Sports.


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