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Gymnastics: Rutty among world’s best at 48th Artistic Championships

16-year old Raegan Rutty continued to represent the Cayman Islands on the international stage 25th October – 3rd November at the 48th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Byles of the United States topped the competition for a record fourth time. The top three women’s teams qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games. The United States won gold, while Russia won silver, with bronze going to China.

“I feel like I made improvements,” said Rutty. “Competing on big stages, you get nervous. You also get more experience, and more confidence. I look at it as a new opportunity. I was just trying to have fun, enjoy the experience, represent my country while making everyone and myself proud.”

Overall, Rutty would finish 137th among 226 gymnasts to complete the competition. She placed 181st on the balance beam, 173rd on the uneven bars and 168th in the floor exercise. Rutty says she’ll get a well deserved break from competition until the Woga Classic in Dallas, Texas 9th-10th February 2019.

“Finally I have a bit of a break. I get to work on new skills and upgrades.”

In September, Rutty qualified for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.

 

 

 

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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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