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Alia Atkinson – The Aquatic Champion

Alia-AquaticChampionWorld-class breaststroker Alia Shanee Atkinson, a daughter of Jamaican soil, created history the moment she became the first black woman to win a world swimming championship title. She heralded the spirits of those who went before her, including Enith Brigitha, a Curaçao native who represented the Netherlands 40 years ago. In an amazing, nail-biting finish, Alia out-touched her competitor by 0.10 seconds to claim the 100m breaststroke title at the 12th FINA World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Read more about Alia’s Olympic journey in our Spring 2016 issue. You can read online, or download the issue for free.

Fortress Spring Issue

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