Shaune Fraser’s already remarkable
year just got better when the Olympic swimmer was voted top athlete at his
Fraser defended his 200 metres butterfly
title at the NCAA championships last month in Columbus, Ohio. It was the 12th
fastest swim in history and marked another significant win for the 22-year-old
University of Florida senior.
But the awards he got on Monday
were for swims for the Gators from last year.
“The awards I received were a part
of the first of an annual Florida Letterman Awards which recognized the 2009 athletic
calendar,” Fraser said.
“This ceremony recognizes the student-athletes
in a multitude of different areas. The awards I received were the ‘Performance
of the Year Award’ and ‘Athlete of the Year’.
“I felt very honoured to receive both
of these awards and to even be mentioned with the other nominees such as Tim Tebow
(football quarterback) and Gemma Spofforth (world champion swimmer) was an
accomplishment within itself.
“The University of Florida swimming
team has established themselves as one of the best in the nation and the
coaching staff is attributed to most of the success.
“These awards will serve as even
more motivation for my preparation for the upcoming Central American and
Caribbean Games and also the Commonwealth Games.”