Swim school students watched in awe
as Olympic stars Shaune and Brett Fraser showed off their winning strokes at
the Lion’s Pool last week.
The brothers’ surprise visit to the
Lion’s Aquatic Centre was arranged by the swim school “to motivate and inspire
Cayman’s next generation of award-winning swimmers,” said coach Dominic Ross.
Shaune and Brett told their
audience that they both started their swim careers in the Lion’s Pool – proof
that when you set your sights high, anything is possible.
They also shared other secrets to
success: focus, come to practice every day, and pay attention to your stroke.
The youngsters then got to probe
the brothers on what they ate, how much they ate, how long they train and if
they thought Cayman will produce more Olympic swimmers.
Brett currently competes for the
University of Florida on the amateur National Collegiate Athletic Association
He represented the Cayman Islands
in his first Olympics in 2008 at the Beijing Games. He swam the 100 and 200
metres backstroke events.
Until recently Shaune also swam for
UF. However, he will become Cayman’s latest elite athlete this summer when he
graduates from university. Under this agreement, he will receive financial support
enabling him to focus on training and competing.
Shaune competed in two Olympics –
Athens in 2004 and Beijing. He currently holds the NCAA record for the 200m
fly, and the Florida state records for the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m
freestyle, and 200m fly – all set this year.
Both have their sights firmly set
on the 2012 London Olympics.