51-year-old T D Baburaj from Kuttanad is differently-abled LIC Agent.He swam in the widest lake Vembanad from Kumarakom to Muhamma in 3 hours for 10kms and set a record in the disability category and bagged away the Asian record in marathon swimming.
The record was declared on 18th August 2015 by the Universal Record Forum (URF), Asian Records. His achievement owes to his passion and determination towards swimming.
In September 2014, the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWASF) invited Baburaj to participate in international swimming event that was held at Russia. However, an internal injury in the right hand muscle prevented him from participating and he was advised rest for three months.
He also stated that his children have inherited his swimming skills as his son Sivashankar, working for the Indian Navy, is an international athlete in canoeing and kayaking and daughter Uma Shankar is also a swimmer.
Baburaj started his career in swimming about 25years ago in Patiala at school. At the age of 12, he met with an accident hence lost strength in his left hand below the elbow. But, he never gave a full stop to his dreams. He rather participated in many national and international events. He also won a bonze at the national level in general category in his early days.