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Alia
Atkinson
JamaicaJamaica, JAM
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
11 December 1988
Height
173 cm
Weight
71 kg
Residence
Hollywood, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology - Texas A&M University: College Station, TX, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three.
Why this sport?
"About 75% of Jamaicans did not know how to swim, so my parents wanted to be the ones to personally break that stereotype and just to make sure their children learned how to swim. So we all learned how to swim. I was the only one that kept on going afterwards. And it just turned into something to do after school."
Club / Team
South Florida Aquatics [SOFLO]: United States
Name of coach
Chris Anderson [club]; Gillian Millwood [national]

General Interest

Nicknames
AliAtki (Facebook profile, 15 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Writing short stories for children. (aliaatkinson.com, 24 Apr 2017)
Injuries
In November 2017 dislocated her left shoulder while competing at the World Cup event in Beijing, People's Republic of China. (jamaicaobserver.com, 19 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is not only a sport, but a life necessity." (jamaicaobserver.com, 29 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 and 2016 Female Central American and Caribbean Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 26 Dec 2016, 17 Dec 2014)

She was named the 2014 Jamaican Sportswoman of the Year by the RJR National Sports Foundation. (jamaicaobserver.com, 29 Nov 2017)

She was Jamaica's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (jamaicans.com, 08 Aug 2016)

She has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida, United States of America. (jamaicans.com, 08 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (fina.org, 01 Oct 2017)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRSTS
In 2010 she became the first Jamaican woman to compete in a final at a world championships. In December 2012 she became the first Jamaican swimmer to win a medal at a world championships by claiming silver in the 50m breaststroke at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2014 she became the first Jamaican swimmer to win a gold medal at the world short course championships when she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 edition in Doha, Qatar. (bbc.co.uk, 07 Dec 2014; jamaica-gleaner.com, 14 Dec 2012, 19 Oct 2011; jis.gov.jm, 31 Jul 2011)

WATER SAFETY
She appears in the children's book 'Water Safety for Kids', written by artist Kimberley Peterson. She also runs the AAN Swim Programme, offering swimming lessons and water safety for young swimmers. (aliaatkinson.com, 24 Apr 2017; swimvortex.com, 06 Dec 2014)