Alia Atkinson To Receive Order Of Distinction
Jamaica’s swimming sensation and Olympian, Alia Atkinson is to receive an order of distinction in the rank of Commander later this year.
She will receive the national order for her outstanding representation for Jamaica in the field of swimming and being the first black woman to win a world championships title.
The Order of Distinction is a national order in the Jamaican honours system. The motto of the Order is “Distinction Through Service”.
The Order of Distinction is conferred upon citizens of Jamaica who have rendered outstanding and important services to Jamaica, or to distinguished citizens of a country other than Jamaica.
The Order has two ranks: the higher class of Commander, and the lower class of Officer. Commanders take place and precedence immediately after Members and Honorary Members of the Order of Jamaica.
Atkinson recently returned to the island after bagging five medals (three gold and five bronze) in Colombia at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
The 29-year-old made swimming history in 2014 when she became the first black woman to win a world swimming title, after taking gold in the women’s 100metres breaststroke, at the world short-course championships in Doha, Qatar.
The award is to be presented on Heroes’ Day – on October 15.
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