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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Digicel Sponsor Atkinson Swim Clinic
On Saturday Olympian and current World Record holder Alia Atkinson will be hosting a Swim Clinic sponsored by Digicel.

The clinic will involve non-BASA registered students to learn the swimming basics from one of the best athletes in the Caribbean.

The clinic will be hosted at BASA (Saltus) pool from 2-5PM and open to student ages 11-18.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their kids as Bermuda Swimming hopes to inspire a new generation of swimmers.

Digicel will be providing limited prizes for the students attending, which will be handed out by Atkinson at the conclusion of the clinic.

Atkinson will also be available to meet from 4-5PM for those wishing to take a picture, or get an autograph, but do not fit the description for entry into the clinic.

Atkinsonís resume includes a World Record in the 100 SCM Breaststroke, 12 World Championship Medals, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games medals and the first black woman to win a World Championship title in swimming.

She is a 4-time Olympian from Jamaica and continues to break boundaries for the Caribbean in her sport.

In Doha at the 2014 Short Course World Championships, Atkinson was narrowly out-touched in the 50 Breaststroke, motivating her even more going into her next race, the 100. Atkinson tied the World Record with a strong back half, and surprised herself in the process.

Her World Championship win in the event made her the first black woman in history to win a World Title in Swimming, and was Jamaicaís first Gold Swimming Medal in the World Championships.

Atkinson currently trains in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as she continues her pursuit for an Olympic Medal.

She is an inspiring athlete for the Caribbean region, but also has many fans in the U.S. that follow her career.

Atkinson earned a scholarship at Texas A&M University where she became a 19-time All-American in NCAA Division I swimming and won the 200-yard Breaststroke at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
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