Atkinson heads Ja's team to Short Course Champs
Olympian Alia Atkinson heads five Jamaicans who will compete in the World Short Course Swimming Championships (25 metres pool) which starts today in Windsor, Canada.
Atkinson, Jamaica's most decorated athlete at these championships, will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 100m individual medley. She is the world's top ranked swimmer in the short course 50 and 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke. Her medals at these championships include a gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 championships in Doha clocking a world record 1:02.36.
The team also includes Canada-based Dominic Walter, who is making his national debut at the Short Course Championships. He will be contesting the 400 and 200m freestyle. Walter holds the national records, 3:54.26 and 1:49.11 respectively, in these two events.
United States-based Justin Plaschka, 19, and Keanan Dols, 17, will be representing Jamaica for the first time at the senior level. Plaschka will compete in the 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.
Dols will swim in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and the 100 and 200m individual medley.
United Kingdom-based Kelsie Campbell, 17, will also be making her senior debut at the championships. She will swim in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m and 100m butterfly.
Walter, Campbell, Atkinson and Dols will be in action today.
Team manager for the Jamaican delegation is Jacky Beckford-Henriques while the coach is Chris Anderson, head coach of South Florida Aquatics. He has also been Atkinson's coach for more than a decade. Team doctor is Dr Claudia Walter and Claudia Brown, the physiotherapist.