Double Silver For Alia Atkinson At World Championships
Istanbul, Dec. 15 - Representing Jamaica, ISHOF's Director of Special Projects, Alia Atkinson won two silver medals at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Dec. 12 - 16. Atkinson finished a touch behind Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte, winner of the Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter breastroke in London, in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events. These were the first World Champions swimming medals for Jamaica and Alia’s as well. An All-Around swimmer, Alia also finished 4th in the 100m Individual Medley.
Alia lives in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area and swims for the South Florida Aquatic Club, of Pembroke Pines, under coach Chris Anderson. She is a 2010 graduate of Texas A&M University where she was the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 200-yard breaststroke. Her degree was in psychology and she hopes to pursue a career writing children’s books. When she is not training, she is working with ISHOF’s publishing partner, Educa Vision, Inc., of Pompano Beach, FL, to create children’s books that will inspire all children to be water safe by learning to swim.
Alia’s position as ISHOF’s Director of Special Projects and support for training are funded through a grant established by the family of Hall of Famer Eleanor Garatti-Saville. From Santa Rosa, California, Eleanor won gold and silver medals in both the 1928 and 1932 Olympic Games. The Eleanor Garatti-Saville Fund was established “to help young athletes achieve their Olympic dreams.”
The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children.
For additional information, log onto the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s website at www.ishof.org or call 954 462-6536.