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Elite Status for Shaune

Minister of Sport the Hon. Mark Scotland meets with Shaune Fraser to discuss his future as a Cayman Elite Athlete.

Star swimmer Shaune Fraser is set to become Cayman's latest elite athlete when he signs a contract with government next June.

Shaune and his younger brother Brett are currently competing for the University of Florida (where they both have swimming scholarships) on the amateur National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) circuit.

However, after graduating next summer, Shaune will be able to take on sponsorships and will sign a contract with the Cayman Islands Government. Under this agreement, he will receive financial support enabling him to focus on training and competing.

"Shaune and Brett both have impressive records of performance. Not only have they proven themselves in the swimming pool, but they also are excellent role models for our young athletes. I am impressed with their dedication to their sport and their education. It takes a very special and talented athlete to juggle the demands of international competition and full-time study," Minister of Sport the Hon. Mark Scotland said.

He added: "My ministry is proud to offer another young Caymanian athlete the opportunity to further his sport career. In turn, Cayman will benefit from being represented on the world stage by an athlete of great calibre."

Swimming since he was six years old, Shaune competed in the Olympics in 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing). He currently holds the NCAA record for the 200m fly, and the Florida state records for the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, and 200m fly - all set this year.

Shaune's main events are the 200 individual medley (IM), 200 freestyle, and 200 fly, and he has his sights firmly set on the 2012 London Olympics.

Big events for next year include, the NCAA Championships in March, the Central American and Caribbean Games in July, October's Commonwealth Games in India, and the World Swimming Championships in December 2010.

After graduating next summer, he will also start competing on the swimming Grand Prix circuit.

For more information on Shaune's stellar performance this year go to www.gatorzone.com/swimmingdiving/media/?sport=swimm.

Cayman Islands Government Elite Athlete Status

The Cayman Islands' Elite Athlete Status programme allows athletes to enter into a contract with the Cayman Islands Government whereby they receive financial support to assist them in their training and development.

Under the agreement, athletes are required to maintain a certain level of competition and participate, whenever possible, in promoting sports in the Cayman Islands. They are also expected to act as athletic ambassadors when and wherever they are competing.

Current Cayman Elite Athletes are Ronald Forbes, Cydonie Mothersill, Charles Whittakker, and Michael Letterlough.

Source: Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture.

(GIS)

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