Premier honours our sports heroes

The Cayman Islands witnessed history at Heroes Square

Downtown George Town was the setting for a national ceremony honouring three Caymanian athletes Thursday evening. Premier McKeeva Bush, Minister of Sports Mark Scotland and the majority of the United Democratic Party honoured swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser and jet ski rider Jordan ‘JJ’ McLean.

“Shaune, Brett and Jordan join (Cydonie) Mothersill, Charles (‘Killa’ Whittaker) and Kareem Streete-Thompson as examples of the outstanding sports talent we have in Cayman,” Premier Bush said. “The one challenge I have for you is as you go out there and make stars of these islands, find time to mentor the young people. Teach them what it takes to be a star. Tell them that sports alone (without an education) will not fit the bill. Come back and put your all into the community and give the youth here a push.”

The young men, all in their 20s, achieved spectacular feats for Cayman this year. The Fraser brothers qualified for the Olympics in the 200 metre freestyle event for the second straight occasion (they will compete at the London 2012 Games). The George Town natives, sons of Laurice and Jim Fraser, also won gold and silver in the Pan-Am Games in Mexico (with Brett breaking a 16-year-old record in the process).

McLean, who hails from Bodden Town, competed at the world championship in Lake Havasu, Arizona. There he would claim the International Jet Sports Boating Association Pro Runabout limited world title. The son of Mack and Elaine McLean also won the US national tour series in 2011. 

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Brett Fraser receives his award from Minister Scotland and Premier Bush
MATTHEW YATES

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Cayman’s sports heroes, from left, Brett Fraser, Shaune Fraser, Jordan McLean.

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