Frasers impressed with London

Shaune and Brett Fraser are enjoying their last few days of training as they settle in for their Olympic assault. 

Both are in three events at the London Games, starting in the 200 metre freestyle with the heats and semi-finals on Sunday, 29 July, and the finals the following day. Then it’s the 100m freestyle for both next Tuesday and Wednesday before Shaune goes in the 100m butterfly on Thursday and Brett the 50m freestyle. 

Before the competition starts, they will attend Friday’s opening ceremony which promises to be the best in the Olympic movement’s history. 

Doctor Sook Yin is their manager. She said: “It’s very exciting, the facilities are awesome. The boys are impressed with the world class 50m pool and the physiotherapy and anti-doping controls are working like clockwork at the moment. “Nothing to complain about. Our Olympic village has been great. We’re looking forward to them competing on Sunday and they are in phenomenal mental and physical shape. I think this is going to be the boys’ year.” 

Brett, 22, has certainly settled in quickly.  

“I think the whole community here in London has done an outstanding job, the pool, the village – all of the facilities are top of the line,” Brett said. “It is everything I expected and everything is coming together. It’s pretty organised, the food is great, team Cayman is looking in top shape. We’re going to be pretty good this time. 

“I’m pretty excited about carrying the flag. Because I’m racing soon after, I’ve worked something out with Lori to just quickly come in and leave to get some rest. Right now, preparations are getting serious and I’m pretty excited about the days to come.” 

Brett and Shaune Fraser were in no mood for distractions as they whizzed through Heathrow Airport. Brett carries the flag for the Cayman Islands at the London Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. 

Shaune, 24, said: “It’s good to be in London. We were in Dublin for about eight days which was nice to get used to the time zones and to get well adjusted. We’re looking forward to competing and getting things going pretty soon.  

“These are my third Olympics so I pretty much knew what to expect and it’s been pretty comfortable adjusting in. The rooms in the village are pretty nice and the pool is really spectacular too. 

“We’re going to take the next couple of days resting up and getting used to the facilities and taking it all in and get everything in gear for Sunday.” 

Anthony Nesty knows what it takes to be an Olympic champion, having won gold in 1988 for Suriname. Nesty is the Frasers’ head coach. He said: “Preparations are going really well. We had a nice training camp in Ireland for a week. 

“This is their stage, the biggest meet for swimming, so hopefully they will relax and be ready to go on Sunday. I see them making it through the first rounds and onto the semis. And once they make it to the semis, it’s all up to them; which they are capable of making to the finals. And if they make a final, anything can happen.” 

Frasers Sook

Brett Fraser, Dr. Sook Yin and Shaune Fraser have prepared quickly. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD