Editorial for 20 October: Thanks Brett and Shaune

The brothers Fraser continue to make the
Cayman Islands proud.

Brett and Shaune helped our country achieve
a remarkable one-two in the men’s 200 metres freestyle at the Pan-American
Games on Tuesday.

Brett won his second gold in a Games record
time of one minute 47.18 seconds and brother Shaune took silver.

It would appear the two are well on their
way to making a mark at the Summer Olympics in London next year.

The Fraser brothers always do the Cayman
Islands proud whenever they compete. Both were flag-bearers for the Cayman
Islands at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and for most of us, our hearts swelled
with pride as we watched the Cayman Islands delegation carry our colours.

Young people would do well to look up to
Brett and Shaune and emulate their dedication and commitment.

Both have their eyes on the prize and do
what it takes to excel in their sport. They didn’t get where they are on a
whim. Perfecting their sport has taken hard work and much sacrifice. But we
would bet they would agree that it has been worth every bit of it.

They are proof positive that when young
people have a focus in their life – and they have support from their families
and communities – they can make great strides in this world.

Olympian Ronald Forbes has recently
travelled to each of the districts to motivate and positively influence
students and young people in distressing situations.

We would hope that Brett and Shaune do the
same when they have a chance to return home.

There are many young people in the Cayman
Islands who could use inspiration from young men such as these. Motivation
could be the difference between a life wasted and one that is truly inspired
and fulfilled.

The Caymanian Compass, as well as the rest
of the community, would like to congratulate Brett and Shaune and thank them
for once again making the Cayman Islands proud.

They are an inspiration to all.

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