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Alia wants clinic to help develop young swimmers

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Jamaica's champion swimmer Alia Atkinson will grace aspiring swimmers with her presence in the island when she hosts a four-day intensive swim clinic at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Pool in the coming weeks.

The Olympian and 100m breaststroke World record holder's set-up, dubbed the 'AA Swim Clinic Programme' will focus on important swimming techniques, drills, dives and nutrition, among others, to assist the rising stars in becoming a successful athletes.

“Swimming is not only a sport, but a life necessity. My mission is to have each swimmer leave better than they came to us. We want for them to see a future as a stronger and more successful swimmer,” said Atkinson, who was named 2014 Jamaican Sportswoman of the Year.

The clinic, which will run from December 19-22, will also see Olympian and national record holder Timothy Wynter adding his expertise to the programme. The backstroke and freestyle specialist currently attends the University of Southern California.

There will be three sessions daily and only 20 swimmers will be accommodated in each session, thus allowing the coaches to give their full attention to each swimmer accordingly.

The AA Swim Clinic will cater to three groups: prep/primary, children aged 11 years old and younger, with the only requirement being that the swimmer can independently swim 25 metres in at least one stroke.

In the second group will be swimmers 12 years and older who wish to learn more about the strokes and perfecting their own stroke and skill set. The third group will consist of collegiate-level and national swimmers. They will receive in-depth analyses on stroke technique, kicks, pull and overall efficiency in the pool.

Further details on the AA Swim Clinic, including cost, can be found on aaswim.eventbrite.com.

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