While most people are enjoying the New Year holiday, Cayman’s elite swimmers will be busy training.
Shaune and Brett Fraser are returning to Gainesville, Florida this weekend. The Fraser brothers will be at their alma mater, the University of Florida, putting in their strokes for what will be a busy Olympic year.
Shaune, 23, states their coaches only allowed them to relax for Christmas.
“The coaches gave us 10 days off as a Christmas break,” Shaune said. “We travel to the US on Saturday, 31 December to train in Gainesville.”
The young men are representing Cayman at the 2012 London Olympics next summer in England. It marks their second straight occasion on the Olympic stage, having competed in Beijing in 2008. The duo had an amazing year in the pool, capped off by winning gold and silver at the Pan-Am Games in Mexico with Brett breaking a 16-year-old record in the process.
Brett, 22, states the focus in the coming days will be on preparing for competitions across the US.
“We start training back again soon after Christmas,” Brett said. “There are several race meets and grand prix events in the US. It’s about shifting our focus to London as we gain racing experience for next summer.”
The Fraser brothers were on Grand Cayman the last nine days for the Christmas holidays. The George Town duo spent time with parents Laurice and Jim Fraser and relaxed with friends, engaging in activities like beach flag football at Royal Palms.
One of the biggest highlights was being honoured by the Cayman government in a national ceremony in Heroes Square.
The Fraser brothers were praised for their sporting achievements this year along with jet ski racer Jordan ‘JJ’ McLean.