Brett and Shaune storm Pan Ams

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    The Fraser swimming brothers
    put the Cayman Islands on the map in the men’s 200 metres freestyle at
    the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on Tuesday. 

    Brett, 24, won gold in a Games record time and Shaune, 23, took silver. Brett won in 1:47.18 and Shaune’s time was 1:48.29.  

    Paraguay’s Ben Hockin took bronze in
    1:48.48. Brett crushed an historic Pan American Games record in the
    process, as Gustavo Borges’ 1995 time of 1:48.49 fell by the wayside.
    Fraser bettered his 22nd-ranked season best of 1:47.56 to move to 14th
    in the world rankings.  

    “I’m so happy for those two hard working
    boys. They are so awesome. I think if they rest enough they can get more
    medals. They won’t just cruise, they are still riding the crest of the
    wave,” said mum Laurice, who watched on TV here. Dad Jim is in Mexico
    with their sons. 

    “Going up to high altitude in Mexico two
    weeks early really paid off. I saw photos of them and thought they
    looked in the best shape of their lives. This has made the Cayman
    Islands very proud. They are coming home during the Thanksgiving break
    and will talk to the youths to try to inspire them,” she said. 

    The Frasers are having a fantastic meet.
    Shaune won bronze in the 100m freestyle on Sunday. They have several
    more events to swim so this may not be the end of their medals tally.
    This performance augurs well for the 2012 London Olympics where they
    hope to be in medal contention.  

    “With hearts full of pride and joy the Board
    of CIASA joins Cayman’s Swim Family and indeed our whole country in
    congratulating Shaune and Brett Fraser. These two brothers and indeed
    their whole family have committed so much, and for so many years, to the
    vision of achieving this level of success, they deserve all the praise
    that is now flooding in their direction,” read a statement from the
    Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association. “Their hard work,
    commitment, dedication and humility; along with the outstanding support
    of their family – Jim, Laurice and Kyle – is truly representative of the
    very best of Cayman. 

    “Whilst we take a moment to celebrate, the
    focus will soon shift to a certain swim meet in London in 2012,” the
    statement read. “All of the Cayman Swimming and sporting family will
    continue to support them in the year ahead as they journey to the
    Olympics.” 

    Lara Butler and Tori Flowers are also representing Cayman in swimming at the Pan Am games. 

    The Pan American Games are the second
    largest multi-sport event after the Summer Olympic Games. The
    competition is held between athletes from nations of the Americas, held
    every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games.  

    Also representing Cayman are: Michael
    Letterlough, Hammer Throw; Carl Morgan, Long Jump; Carlos Morgan, Long
    Jump; Junior Hines, 400m Hurdles; Jon Rankin, 1500m; Edison McLean,
    Trap; Christopher Jackson, Trap; and Equestrian Jessica McTaggart,
    Dressage Individual. 

    Accompanying the athletes are their
    technical staff with Bruce Blake heading the team as the Chef de
    Mission. The Team Manager for Athletics is Michael Nalty and Athletics
    Coach is Kenrick Williams. Bethany Cook is travelling as Swimming’s Team
    Manager and Physiotherapist along with Coach Dominic Ross. The Team
    Manager for Equestrian is Mary McTaggart, the Groom is Cristhopher De
    Lara and Jessica’s horse “Ray of Light” is with her in her event.
    Shooting will be sending Team Manager Kevin Schirn and the General Team
    Physiotherapist is Al Bartice. The CIOC President Donald McLean and
    Secretary General Carson Ebanks are also be in attendance, along with
    family and friends of those participating. 

    The Games end 30 October.

    Fraser Brothers Cayman win Pan Ams

    Cayman Island’s Shaune Fraser, left, looks on as his brother Brett Frazer celebrates at the podium after winning the gold medal at the end of the men’s swimming 200m freestyle at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.
    AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

    Fraser Brothers Cayman win Pan Ams

    Cayman Island’s Shaune Fraser, left, silver medal, and his brother Brett Fraser, gold medal, pose on the podium of the men’s swimming 200m freestyle at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.
    AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
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    1. Congratulations to you both! You have made the Cayman Islands very proud! I love to see young Caymanians doing positive things and making a big splash, pardon the pun, in the international community. Well done!!

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    2. Coongratulations, we remember when you where little boys running around Plantation Village. Good luck for the rest of the meets and train well for London next year.

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