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Jamaican teen makes history as country’s first female Pan American Champion



A Jamaican teenager has written her name in the history books by becoming the country’s first female fencer to be crowned Pan American champion.

Tia Simms-Lymn, who was born in Britain, claimed gold at the Cadet Junior Pan American Fencing Championships underway in Toronto, Canada, where 20 countries from the region are being represented.

Entering the championships ranked number seven in the women’s epée, 15-year-old Simms-Lymn beat No. 1 seed Alexanne Verret of Canada 11-9 in an enthralling finale.

She had earlier whipped the 10th-ranked Catalina Leiva of Chile 15-6, before eking out a narrow 15-13 margin over Puerto Rico’s Monica Lubczynski in the semi-final.

The Jamaican athlete also has the distinction of now being ranked No. 2 in Great Britain, where she resides with her parents.

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Comment by GospelPan on February 9, 2015 at 6:03pm

@Kevin...well said... 

I read in another article that she represented Jamaica in the tournament , which was her choice. 

Comment by Kevin Reynolds on February 9, 2015 at 9:37am

People are clearly confused by the nationality of this young champion. If your were born in England of Jamaican parents or grandparents. You are British, or British-Jamaican, meaning you have Jamaican roots or heritage. With this such status you are able to represent one of the two nations in international sports.

Just and FYI, the term English is used lightly in these modern days, but technically if you are non-white and or born of non-white English descendants, and is born in England, you are technically British.

Comment by steffie on February 9, 2015 at 1:43am
She was born in Britain and is representing Britain. Her parents are jamaicans. Both countries should be proud and celebrates her triumphant win and rank.
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 8, 2015 at 10:14pm
If your parents are from another country you are a national or citizen of that country. Britain or England have the weirdest immigration laws.
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 8, 2015 at 10:12pm
Congrats. Britains or England if you are citizens of the country your parents are from.
Comment by Lisa Robinson on February 8, 2015 at 9:40pm
Her parents aren't from Britain.
Comment by mar mills on February 8, 2015 at 8:23pm
If she born I Britain how does that make her jamaican?
Comment by GospelPan on February 8, 2015 at 6:58pm

Congratulations Tia, you've made your country proud.

But I am confused, since Tia was born in England, doesn't that make her English?

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