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Meet Ontario’s first boy synchronized swimmer

 

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Niehaus)

Say hi to Chris Niehaus (hi, Chris!). He's the first boy ever to compete in synchronized swimming in Ontario. That's right — up until now, it's always been girls out in the pool, dancing upside down in the water. But Chris is a valued member of the Etobicoke Olympium swimming club's synchronized swimming team. And he fits right in.
 

Etobicoke Olympium swimming club's synchronized swimming team

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Niehaus)

So how did a boy get into a what's traditionally a girl's sport? Just like any kid — he was watching his older sister Sophie compete as a synchronized swimmer. "She could go upside down and do cool things with her legs," he said "I thought it would be fun."

Chris Niehaus with his medalsAnd Chris has gotten really good at it too! He's getting medals and even came in first in a "figures" competition — that's where the swimmer moves through a series of positions without any music. His dad, Jeff, is really proud of him and they both encourage any boys that might be thinking about syncrhonized swimming to give the sport a go.

"It's fun to do… you should try it," Chris says. That's great advice, Chris!

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Niehaus)