Caitlin Atkins Emily Milburn
Caitlin Atkins 1997-1998
Lived: 30 Ramsay Street
Siblings: Nicholas; Ben (adoptive)
Family Tree: Atkins
Occupation: Student, Swimmer
When her parents decided to move away temporarily to the Middle East for her
father's work, Caitlin decided she wanted to stay in Australia. With one
brother, Nicholas, travelling the world tutoring the children of wealthy
families, Caitlin was shipped off to stay with her other, adopted, brother
Ben. Caitlin's main passion in life was swimming, at which she competed at
professional levels. Upon arriving in Erinsborough, Caitlin immediately
headed down to the local pool to check out the facilities. There she met
Billy Kennedy, who worked as a pool attendant and she soon decided that he
would be hers. Upon arriving in Ramsay Street, she was disappointed to learn
that Billy was already seeing Anne Wilkinson, but this minor fact was not
enough to end her pursuit.
Caitlin managed to make friends with Mandi Rodgers from the swim team, but
failed to impress her neighbours and housemates on Ramsay Street. Sarah was
particularly unhappy about having to share with a teenager. Caitlin began to
feel increasingly isolated on the street, and her friendship with Billy got
stronger, especially as it was revealed that he was a very competent swimmer
and he joined the local team. This development led to Billy getting a crush
on Caitlin, while Anne grew more and more paranoid.
As the team headed off to Sydney to compete, and Billy and Anne had been
going through an especially rocky patch, Caitlin saw her opportunity. She
kissed him, unaware that Anne had followed Billy to Sydney. She caught them
together, causing further damage to Billy and Anne's fragile relationship.
Upon their return to Erinsborough, not only did Caitlin have to deal with
the aftermath, she was also devastated when Ben fell into a coma following a
car accident. Caitlin and Anne were briefly united in their worry over Ben, but as his
condition improved, Billy was forced to decide between the two women - and
he chose Anne. However, Caitlin's friendship with Anne survived, to the
surprise of everyone and together they pulled off a scam where Anne and
Caitlin swapped places during the Erinsborough High Swim Carnival. Expert
swimmer Caitlin won the race, beating school bully Jacinta Myers.
Billy was forgotten a few weeks later, when Josh Hughes arrived to train
with the Erinsborough swimming team. Depsite him being a few years older,
Caitlin quickly fell for him. The couple decided to wag from swimming class
and spend the day together, but while play fighting, Josh fell and sprained
his arm. However, it was soon revealed that he was exaggerating his injury
in order to escape from training and spend more time with Caitlin. As the
couple found themselves in trouble from all angles - including from
Caitlin's brother Nicholas, who had come to look after her during Ben's
illness - they decided to disappear. However, the couple didn't get very
far. Upon their eventual return, Josh had to go home and Caitlin realised
things had failed to work out for her once again.
With Nicholas now looking after her, Caitlin found things slightly stricter
than with Ben, especially as Nick worked as a teacher. Meanwhile, things
between Billy and Anne had stalled as he was unable to cope with her
jealousy. Billy started spending more time with Caitlin and made attempts to
start a romance with her, but Caitlin was not impressed after all that had
happened in the past. Caitlin had further problems when she started pushing
herself too hard during swimming, in an attempt to win a place at the
institute of sport and ended up collapsing in the backyard of number 30.
Luckily, she was okay, but it made her realise that there was no point in
making herself ill for the sport.
When Caitlin noticed how much Lance was missing Amy as his girlfriend, she
decided to hatch a plan to win her back. Caitlin and Lance began pretending
to see each other, making Amy extremely jealous. Amy confronted Caitlin in
the toilets at Little Tommy Tucker's and warned her off, leaving Caitlin
happy that her plan had worked. Meanwhile, Caitlin and Nick heard that their
mother had decided to return to Australia and wanted her children back home.
So, after a short but tumultuous time spent in Ramsay Street, Caitlin
reluctantly left, with a farewell message painted on the road, meaning
nobody would forget her.
Biography by Steve