If Brandon Fraser hadn’t hurt his foot when he was younger, maybe this story would be about an athlete or a footballer, but in a sliding doors moment the decision to take up swimming will see him heading to Adelaide for the Australian Open Swimming Championships in April of 2019.
“I had an injury with my foot in primary school and all I could do at the time was swimming,” he said. “So after doing that for a while we had our school carnival and I made district, and then Western, so I thought I might stick around and do swimming for a bit longer,’ he said.
As any elite athlete will know, getting to the top involves a hell of a lot of training, and swimming can be the loneliest of them all.
“I do seven sessions a week with each session going about two hours and ranging from five to seven kilometres,” he said.
“I’ve been training at the pool at Kinross Wolaroi and here in Blayney for four years and for the last two years I’ve just been really knuckling down and putting in the effort.”
Some days he fits in two of his two hour sessions, just so he can have the weekend off. Often you’ll also find him in the CentrePoint gym.
If successful at the championships Fraser will take stock and decide his future.
“If I do well there I will need to do another Open to be selected in the Olympics squad,” he said.