Jamaican Olympic swimmer meets Corby pupils

Jamaican Olympic swimmer Alia Shanee Atkinson, 23, meets pupils from Woodnewton Primary School, Corby, at the town's pool

Jamaican Olympic swimmer Alia Shanee Atkinson, 23, meets pupils from Woodnewton Primary School, Corby, at the town's pool

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Jamaican swimmer Alia Shanee Atkinson met Corby pupils when she set up home at the town’s swimming camp where she will train before the Olympics.

The 23-year-old will be in the town until Tuesday (July 24).

Alia will be swimming in the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events, as well as the 50-metre freestyle in the London 2012 Games.

On Friday Alia joined the Israeli Olympic swimming squad in the pool cafe where she met pupils from Woodnewton Primary School, Corby.

They presented the Israeli swimmers with artwork they created after being inspired by them at a recent question and answer session they attended when the squad was in Corby.

Corby Council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “We were delighted to welcome Alia alongside the Israeli swimming team to Corby and are glad that she decided to use our facility as her pre-Olympic training camp.

“As well as cheering on our own GB swimmers, we will be extending our support to all of the Olympic swimmers who have been training in Corby’s waters and wish them the best of luck in the 2012 Games.”

At the age of just 15, Alia competed at the 2004 Olympics, and four years later in the 2008 Olympics, she finished 25th in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke event.

She carried the flag of her native country at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She also went on to compete in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.