Olympian Alia Atkinson named to UANA Technical Committee
Standout Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson.
Standout Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson has been named to the Technical Committee of the Union Americana De Nacion (UANA) for 2019 to 2023 period.
Atkinson, a four-time Olympian, will serve on the Technical Swimming Committee.
Six other athlete members were also named to serve on various technical committees.
They are Estafania Alvarez of Colombia and Bill May of the USA (Technical Artistic Swimming Committee), Rommell Pacheco of UANA (Technical Diving Committee), Ed Tsuzuki of the USA (Masters Committee) Stephanie Horner of Canada (Technical Open Water Committee) and Genai Kerr of the USA (Technical Water Polo Committee).
A statement from the UANA Executive Committee stated that "these athletes will be part of the Technical Committees for the 2019 – 2023 period, leading us to the Pan American Games in Santiago (CHI) and they have been chosen because of their devotion, hard work, and capability to serve the aquatic sports in our region in general and specific to the sport in which they obviously already have made a great impact."
Established in 1948 in London, England during the 1948 Olympic Games, UANA exists for the purpose of unifying the aquatic activities in the Americas into a single regional and international organization. UANA is a not-for profit organization. UANA is recognized as a "continental" body by FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) under that organizations Constitution Clause 14.1.
UANA membership for governance purposes comprises four zones:
Zone 1 - South America
Zone 2 - Central America
Zone 3 - United States of America
Zone 4 - Canada
Every four years, on the occasion of the Pan American Games the members of the zones meet and elect an Executive Committee to conduct the affairs of UANA for the forthcoming four years period. At present, 41 national aquatic sports governing bodies are members of UANA by virtue of their membership in FINA and association with one of the four zones of UANA.