Top swimmers coaching island’s youngsters
Top swimmers Alia Atkinson and Roland Schoeman are sharing the secrets of their success at a coaching camp at Saltus Grammar School this week.
The four-times Olympians are coaching some of the island's aspiring youngsters at the weeklong camp, organised by the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association.
Atkinson, of Jamaica, became the first black woman to win a world title when she triumphed at the World Short-Course Championships in Doha in 2014, while Schoeman won a gold medal for South Africa in the 4x100 metres freestyle relay at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Atkinson, will also be hosting a free clinic, sponsored by Digicel, on Saturday at the Basa pool from 2pm to 5pm, where swimmers aged 11 to 18 not registered with Basa can learn of the basics of the sport.
Julian Fletcher, who represented Bermuda at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said the camp, which runs until Sunday, is offering a wide range of expertise for swimmers of all levels.
“This is a great step forward for Bermuda swimming as these two athletes will have so much to share about their stories to success,” Fletcher said.
The Digicel Alia Atkinson Swim Clinic will also host a meet-and-greet for those wanting to speak with, or get an autograph from the Jamaican athlete.
Atkinson attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, on a scholarship. The 30-year-old holds several Carifta records, and is one of the most decorated athletes in Carifta Championships history.
Schoeman, 38, attended the University of Arizona on a scholarship and broke several NCAA records during his collegiate career. He graduated with degrees in psychology and communications.