VIDEO INTERVIEW: Alia Atkinson, Jamaica’s National Swimming Treasure

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ORLANDO- Alia Atkinson has helped grow the sport of swimming in her home country of Jamaica. After setting a world record in the 100 breast at the 2014 SC World Championships in Qatar, Atkinson had Jamaicans approach her and tell her they were going to learn how to swim because of her. She is so grateful for her country’s support and talks to Swimming World about her country, training and family in this eloquent interview.”It’s not just about myself, it’s about Jamaica,” Atkinson says. After winning the 100 breast with a lightning fast 1:06.7 last night, Atkinson is looking to get under 2:30 in the 200 tonight.

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Author: Annie Grevers

Annie (Chandler) Grevers is a staff writer for Swimming World. She swam for the University of Arizona, winning the 100 yard breaststroke at the NCAA DI Championships as a senior in 2010. She was also a member of six NCAA Championship relays during her college career as well as a member of Arizona’s NCAA Championship title in 2008. She represented the United States at the Pan Pacific Games in 2010 and at the Pan American Games in 2011, where she won the 100 breaststroke. She is married to Matt Grevers and resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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