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Frasers Olympics Bound

Swimming superstars Shaune (front) and Brett Fraser demonstrate their tremendous swimming skills before young swimmers at the Lions Pool.

Minister of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Mark Scotland, JP, has congratulated Cayman's swimming superstars Shaune and Brett Fraser who have both qualified to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.

He lauded the brothers on their impressive achievement: "I am elated that Shaune and Brett will be swimming for the Cayman Islands at the summer Olympics in London next year."

The Minister added, "Their consistency, dedication and superb effort are an inspiration to us all. I wish them the best as they train in the coming months."

Both brothers, who compete as elite athletes for the Cayman Islands, achieved the Olympic "A" standard in the same event -- the 200 m freestyle.

Shaune earned his Olympic berth at the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China, with his time of 1 minute, 47.73 seconds in his heat swim. He went on to place 14th overall in the event final.

Younger brother Brett earned his spot after his gold winning performance yesterday (Wednesday, 03 August) in the 200m freestyle at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at Stanford University in Palo-Alto, California. Brett finished with a time of 1 minute, 47.56 seconds. This has nudged him up to 19th in the current world rankings in the event.

Brett is the latest sporting star to join Cayman's six other elite athletes, who are so named because they are top performers in their field. They are contracted to the Ministry of Sports to represent the Cayman Islands as professional athletes.

Cayman national swimming coach Dominic Ross said, "Summer 2011 for Shaune and Brett Fraser was about Olympic qualification. The back-to-back events of the FINA World Swimming Championships and the US National Championships provided the perfect platform to attempt to achieve this goal."

Both swimmers have also earned "B" standards required for Olympic selection in other events. In China, Shaune swam in his second event, the 100m butterfly to a time of 54.19 seconds, which is equal to the "B" standard required for Olympic selection in that event.

Brett also met "B" standards in both of his events in Shanghai - the 100 m freestyle in 48.98 seconds and the 50m freestyle in 22.65 seconds, improving on his own national record in the latter, the coach detailed.

However, the "B" standard for Olympic selection does not automatically qualify a swimmer for the Olympics. Any unfilled spaces following the official qualifying period will be filled by swimmers who have attained those "B" standard times, Mr. Ross explained.

(GIS)

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