Alia Atkinson elected as FINA Athletes’ Committee Chair

By Sports Desk June 30, 2022

FINA on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Jamaican swimming legend Alia Atkinson to the CHAIR of their Athletes Committee.

FINA is the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competitions in water sports. The represented disciplines are Swimming; diving; artistic swimming; water polo; open water swimming and high diving.

This appointment in the first instance is effective for four years. In this position, Atkinson will have responsibility for Athletes affairs not only for swimming, but in all water sport disciplines. As Chairperson, she represents the Committee and Athlete voice at the highest level of decision making.

When contacted, Atkinson said how thrilled and honored she was with the appointment and indicated that she is looking forward to making a contribution to the development of swimmers and aquatic sports globally.

“Today marks another significant step forward for both FINA and all aquatics athletes,” said Atkinson.

“The Athletes’ Committee will act as a critical link between athletes and FINA. Having the athlete community choose those who represent them in important decisions is critical for the future development of our beloved sport,” Atkinson added.

Atkinson, the current world record holder in the short course 50m and 100m breaststroke, retired from the sport in 2021 after competing at the World Swimming Championships in December.

She won a total of 31 major championship medals for Jamaica since her debut at the 2004 Summer Olympics including 15 gold, 10 silver and six bronze.

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