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One of a kind: Isabel hopes to part the waters for future males in Artistic Swimming

Caymanite Synchro is a tight group of swimmers,  just ask 12-year-old Nicholas Isabel.  He’s the only male in Cayman’s artistic swimming program.

“It definitely is challenging because a lot of them I look up to as sisters and best friends to me. I love them with all my heart.”

Isabel and Amber Barnes’ mixed duet won Cayman’s first ever artistic swimming gold medal at the 2018 CARIFTA Championships, but he says he still has more to prove.

“I was just really happy that I was able to represent the Cayman Islands and as the first male in CARIFTA. I just want to prove to the Caribbean, and the world that just because I am a boy that I cant be as good as the females.”

He says that opportunity to compete almost didn’t happen.

“My coach had to tell them (CARIFTA) that if I was not able to go then Cayman would not send their team.”

They did allow him to participate, and after returning with four medals in their CARIFTA debut, Isabel says he hopes to inspire other males to try artistic swimming.

“I want to be an idol for younger boys in synchronized swimming.”

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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