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Getting to know Alia Atkinson

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Alia Atkinson

Creating waves locally and overseas is the lovely 26-year-old, Alia Atkinson. Winner of the prestigious Gleaner Honour Award in the category of Sports for 2014, Atkinson, who on December 6, last year, won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course, is the first black woman to hold a world short-course record. Before her golden achievement, Atkinson had previously won three World Short Course silver medals, making her the first Jamaican swimmer to medal at a global event.

1.Chinese cuisine.

2. I honestly cannot classify any of my unseemly/disagreeable moments as embarrassing as I choose to use these moments as stepping stone towards inner improvement.

3. I believe I have not accomplished it as yet. To date, for swimming it is the World Record. In my personal life, I would have to say being a loving and supportive daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

4. I am an avid reader and fan of all things from the Victorian era.

5. The power of healing because there is no reason that children should suffer.

6. My numerous visits to my aunt's house in Stony Hill, because there was always laughter, love and a feeling of total wellness.

7. The ideology that someone is more important in a system or entity, because of their wealth or popularity.

8. I basically live in the here and now. My current position is as a swimmer. If I had travelled the unknown path ... your guess is as good as mine.