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Sean Fraser

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S8

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming lessons at age six, and competition at age 13.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by his father. "I come from a sporty family and my dad took me along to a swimming club when I was six. It is the best thing he has ever done and I admire him for it."
Club / Team
Manchester HPC: England
Name of coach
Mick Massey [club]

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Beijing

General interest

Nicknames
Spadey, Spade [because of the faces he can make]. (Facebook profile, 02 Jun 2013; channel4.com, 09 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, playing other sports. (backarisingstar.com, 25 Jan 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing with a British record. (backarisingstar.com, 25 Jan 2013)
Most influential person in career
His coaches, his parents. (backarisingstar.com, 25 Jan 2013)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (backarisingstar.com, 25 Jan 2013)
Injuries
In 2011 he suffered a back injury, at the European Championships, ending his tournament early. (scottishdisabilitysport.com, 10 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want to make it to the top you really have to work for it." (backarisingstar.com, 25 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
He was the winner of the 2012 Midlothian Council Sports Senior Sports Personality award in Scotland. (activemidlothian.org.uk, 01 Oct 2013)
Famous relatives
His father is a marathon runner and his sister has competed in swimming at national level in Scotland. (swimming.org, 01 May 2013; paralympics.org.uk, 01 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To become world, European and Paralympic champion in the S8 100m backstroke. He also wants to break the world record in the same event. (backarisingstar.com, 25 Jan 2013)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. The condition affects the right side of his body. (scotsman.com, 06 Jun 2012; midlothianadvertiser.co.uk, 23 Jul 2008)
Other information
SEAN FRASER TROPHY
He has a trophy named after him in the wake of his success at both the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. The Sean Fraser Trophy is awarded to the most improved swimmer at Midlothian Swim Club in Scotland. (midlothianadvertiser.co.uk, 30 Jan 2013)

SCHOOL HONOUR
His achievements have been acknowledged by Lasswade High School in Bonnyrigg, Scotland, which he attended as a teenager. An image of him has been superimposed onto the back wall of the swimming pool at the school. (midlothian.gov.uk, 31 May 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 3 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2012-08-30 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final Round 2012-08-30 6
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-02 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-09-03 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 2012-09-04 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 2012-09-04 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-09-06 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2012-09-06 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 1