Top 13 Child Stars That Took Jamaica By Surprise – Check #5

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12. Alia Atkinson

In her first swimming race at the tender age of three, little Alia Atkinson stopped in the middle of the pool and began to cry. Today, that incident serves as a source of inspiration for the swimmer who missed out on a medal in the 100m breaststroke at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

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Competing for the local Tornadoes Swim Club, Atkinson first made the CARIFTA team at age 11 and since that time making waves on the international scene has been a consistent feature of her presence at any meet. She even made the 2004 Olympic team at 15 years old, competing in the 50m breaststroke event. Atkinson is the current holder of a number of national records, including the 50m and 100m breaststroke. She had an impressive 2013, winning a number of medals in the eight-series FINA World Cup.

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