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Swimmer Embury-Brown saves the day with iguana removal at CIASA Nationals

There were many highlights from the 2018 National Amateur Swimming Championships 15th-18th February. None made it’s way around social media faster than the heroics of 13-year-old Raya Embury-Brown. The meet came to a screeching halt Sunday when a large iguana made an unexpected appearance onto the pool deck. That’s when Embury-Brown went into action.

“It was the end of my race, and I heard the guy on the speaker say there was an iguana in the pool, so I went over to help.”

Embury-Brown says once the reptile made it’s way into the pool, she acted quickly.

“One of my friends had it by the tail, so I told her the tail could come off. She got scared and let it go, so I grabbed it and put it over the fence.”

Once removed, the crowd roared in appreciation for her efforts. When Cayman 27 spoke with Embury-Brown, she was humbled by the praise she had received.

“The meet was stopped and people were kind of scared, so I just wanted to help out.”

The 13-year-old goes onto say she is a compassionate animal lover who hopes her actions can help dispel myths about iguanas.

“I used to catch small animals all the time as a kid. I love animals, I have two dogs, I just love helping them out. Iguanas are like any other animal, people are so scared of them but they can’t do much harm.”

Raya Embury-Brown: the hero Cayman needed.

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. It was in this role where he was able to merge his best attributes: sports knowledge and personality. While with the Ticats, Jordan provided live analysis and interviews while developing a digital portfolio of one-on-one interviews, episodic sports comedy and full length sports & news features. He has also worked with CBC Sports for Hockey Night in Canada, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Special Olympics as well as roles with Cineflix and Cream Productions as an Assistant Director.

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