Alia Atkinson a hit on social media
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
National swimming star Alia Atkinson is still celebrating her world record-equalling 1:02:36 in the women's 100 metre breaststroke at the World Championship short course in Doha, Qatar, and thanking social media just over a week after her history-making achievement.
"I never realised the magnitude of it (her record), until I read the responses from social media," Atkinson told The Gleaner in an interview. To date, the World record set and world title won are her greatest achievements.
Some of the ace swimmers' many adoring followers on the social network twitter include the SwimmingWorld @SwimmingWorld, who congratulated her.
"A big congrats to @AliAtki for her history-making swim that gets her the @SpeedoUSA Performance of the Week," they said.
Atkinson outlines that she could not have asked for more support. She has been quite humble in accepting her new-found stardom, though.
"It's all overwhelming and extremely humbling for me," she outlined.
Another twitter follower, Nicolette @nikkirich61, tweeted: "OMG just went on @Tumblr and @AliAtki is their background image. So great #Jamaicansdoingthings #JamaicaRunDiWorl," the quote expressed.
With Atkinson's stock rising and her rank in swimming set for further climb, the Jamaican is indeed set for the good times.
Sharing with The Gleaner, she said,"I'm known more now by my name rather than the colour of my skin." That quote relates to performances world wide.
Another twitter follower, Ben Crump @BenCrump84, tweeted "Congratulations to Jamaica's @Aliatki becomes first black woman to win a world swimming title."
Atkinson, who has taken time out to thank most of her followers, believes her hard work is finally paying off.
She notes that she is determined to achieve more.
"Greatness isn't something you do at the moment, it's the years that you worked up to that moment," she explained.
The joint world record holder says she has always been confident in her abilities.
"I am always striving for improvement. The sky is the limit for me," she reasoned.
The 27-year-old is eyeing more big achievements, beginning with the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, next summer, which she is currently preparing for.