Cayman’s star swimmers Shaune and Brett Fraser are Cayman’s best hopes for Olympic glory when the London Games start in a few weeks – and they put their optimism in the pool down to sheer hard work, excellent coaching and the fact that they have trained for years with the legendary Ryan Lochte.
Both Frasers compete in three events. Brett, 22, is in the 50 metres, 100m and 200m freestyle and Shaune is in the 100m and 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Shaune, 24, said: “We’re in a situation to do pretty well in London. We’ve done some pretty good times going into the competition.
“If we lower those times that’s going to put us right where we need to be. Our goals are to reach the semi-finals and maybe the finals as well. That will be a big stepping stone but first you’ve got to take it from the preliminaries and do well which could lead to big things.
“We’re just going to take it one step at a time when we get there and hope it leads to good results.”
The fact that the Frasers have trained for years in Florida with American star Lochte helps. Lochte is vying with Michael Phelps to be the sport’s supreme athlete having beaten his arch-rival in the recent US Olympic trials.
Shaune said: “Obviously, Ryan has proved that he might be the best swimmer in the world. He’s right up there with Phelps. And training with Ryan you learn how to be the best. He works really hard and it’s a really good tool to have the best beside you every single day.
“You can go head to head in practice and Brett and I have used that fact to help us get to where we are today and hopefully we can have some even bigger results from all that training with him.”