Kiera Aitken

One of Bermuda’s most successful swimmers, Kiera Aitken has represented Bermuda in numerous international events; Commonwealth Games, World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympics.

The multiple winner of the Bermuda Female Athlete of the Year award has made two appearances at the Olympics; 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing.

Photo credit: dalnews.dal.ca

Photo credit: dalnews.dal.ca

Born October 31, 1983, Kiera started swimming at age seven. Her sister Ashley is also a top Bermudian swimmer, holding the national record in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly.

A 2001 graduate of Saltus Grammar School, she attended Dalhousie University in Canada, and while there swam for them racking up the accolades including being named MVP.

She is the first Bermudian female to break the one minute mark in the 100 metres backstroke, and as of 2010 she holds a number of additional Bermuda records in swimming including:

50 metre freestyle – 26.83
World Championships on July 31, 2009 / Rome, Italy

100 metre freestyle – 56.99
World Championships on July 30, 2009 / Rome, Italy

50 metre backstroke – 27.72
2009 / Madrid, Spain

100 metre backstroke – 59.31
2009 / Madrid, Spain

200 metre backstroke – 2:17.04
Absolute Open on March 13, 2009 / Terrassa, Catalonia, Spain

Kierra Aitken of Bermuda swims in her women's 100 meters backstroke heat during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Aquatics Centre August 10, 2008. Photo credit: David Gray/Reuters

Kierra Aitken swims in her women's 100 meters backstroke heat during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Aquatics Centre August 10, 2008. Photo credit: David Gray/Reuters

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