Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has sought to assure national Olympic swimmer, Alia Atkinson, that the government is prepared to consider supporting her so that she can continue her career at the elite level.
Atkinson yesterday placed fourth with 1:06:93 in the 100 metre breaststroke in the London Olympics Aquatic Centre.
She was less than two seconds behind gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania, who won in 1:05.47.
American Rebecca Soni, placed second with 1:05.55, and Japan's Satomi Suzuki, was third with 1:06.46.
Following her performance, Atkinson appealed for financial support to help her to prepare for the 2016 Olympics.
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Today, Simpson Miller commended Atkinson and told her that help is coming.
“She was outstanding! All Jamaicans here and in the Diaspora must be proud of her,” the Prime Minister said.
“I am going to speak to the Ministers of Finance; and Education and the Sports Development Foundation and I appeal to the private sector we have to partner to allow her to continue her training programme. I want to say to her, help is on the way.”
The Prime Minister was addressing the Jamaica 50 PetroCaribe scholars today in Kingston.