Cayman’s swim team were affected by recent bad weather in the UK. However all will be back on these shores in time for Christmas.
Olympic swimming hero Shaune Fraser, Lara Butler and national swim coach Dominic Ross returned home on Tuesday evening. The trio were in Dubai for the FINA World Swimming Championships this month.
Both Butler and Fraser had outstanding performances in numerous events. The duo would set a multitude of records in races such as the 200 metre Individual Medley, 200m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke. Fraser cemented his status as one of the top six swimmers in the world for the 200m Freestyle event by advancing to the finals for the race and placing eighth. One of Butler’s biggest achievements was breaking Laura Stafford’s 2005 national record in the 200m IM in a time of 1:05.44.
Coach Dominic’s wife, Scimone Ross, was among those in Cayman anxiously awaiting their return. She states the group had a few hiccups due to the weather but still managed to get home safe.
“They were re-routed due to the problems at Heathrow airport,” Ross said. “The flight from Dubai took 16 hours and went direct straight to Houston, Texas on Emirates Airline. From there they got a connecting flight on Continental Airlines to come home.
“It was supposed to be they went from Dubai to Heathrow and then Cayman. They left on Monday as planned but encountered a four-hour delay because essentially Heathrow was snowed under.
“(As far as their achievements in the United Arab Emirates) it’s great exposure for them. It’s an amazing thing. It’s great that they get to travel and compete for Cayman. Dom is always there to support them every step of the way and I support all of them. Their hard work has definitely paid off.”