Frasers finish with a splash

The Fraser brothers Shaune and
Brett swam another remarkable race to take gold and silver at the Central
American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on Friday.

In the 200 metre freestyle, Shaune,
22, grabbed gold in 1 minutes 49.74 seconds and Brett, 20, pushed his big
brother all the way to finish in 1:50:33.

It was a marvellous finale for the
Frasers after Shaune took bronze in the 100m freestyle earlier in the week and
then Brett won silver in the 200m backstroke.

Their father Jim said: “They were
both pretty happy because it was like a suck it up and swim meet. They weren’t
tapered and came here unrested. Considering where they are in their training
they were very pleased. Their main focus this year has always been the
Commonwealth Games in October.”

Mum Laurice said; “My sons were
slightly disappointed at the beginning but I just told them to relax and they
finished with the creme de la creme. I’m very happy for them considering they
hadn’t done any specific training for this tournament. They’ve made their
country proud and me too,”

Shaune had a setback when he first
arrived in Mayaguez when he had all his personal items stolen, including
wallet, bank cards, cash and driving licence so he was distracted with sorting
that out and notifying the relevant authorities.

Both will continue training at the
University of Florida this week before going to Colorado for high altitude
training for two weeks. Their next competition is from 18-22 August in the Pan
Pacific Games in Irvine, California, probably be their last competition before
the Commonwealth Games in India.


Shaune won gold despite setbacks.
Photo: Ron Shillingford