Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson wins major Swimming Award
For the 5th time in the 6-year history of the award, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson was named the 2019 Swammy Awards Central American & Caribbean Female Athlete of the Year.
It was another big year for Atkinson in the pool. After missing the 2017 World Championships, Atkinson was the region’s highest-placing finisher at the 2019 World Championships, taking 4th in the 50 breaststroke in Gwangju. She also finished tied for 11th in the 100 breaststroke and 36th in the 50 fly at Worlds.
At the FINA Swimming World Cup Series, where the 31-year old has been a force for years, Atkinson won 5 individual races. In the International Swimming League, where she was the region’s only female swimmer on a team, she finished 59th in overall MVP scoring on the season racing for Iron – in spite of her team not qualifying for the finale and her thereby having 1 fewer meet to race in than many of her competitors. Excluding the finale, she ranked 29th.
While there continue to be some good developments in the region in women’s swimming, Atkinson continues to be the torchbearer for the Central American & Caribbean region.