About Coach Fraser’s Journey
Coach Fraser Anderson has coached and played water polo for over 30 years in Canada and in the United States. Born in London (UK), and raised in Hong Kong, The Philippines and Birmingham (UK), Fraser started his aquatic life as a competitive swimmer at the age of 8 in Manila. Fraser’s somewhat rational fear of sharks combined with his mother’s desire to get some much needed quiet time around the house, meant he spent much of his early life in the pool learning how to swim fast. After countless laps in many pools around the world, his swimming career came to a peak at the age of 14 when Fraser moved back to Canada, joined the Nepean Swim Club, and set a Canadian national swim record as the breaststroke leg in the 4 x 50 IM Relay.
His extensive time in the pool had diminished any ability to play land sports, so he had to find another sport in the water. So, Fraser started playing water polo for Nepean High School in Grade 10. Fraser went on to coach Nepean High School’s water polo team as he entered Carleton University and continued the team’s winning ways. At Carleton, Fraser played under the tutelage of Canada’s premier water polo coach and Capital Wave coach, David Hart. The lessons learned under Hart still resonate. After Carleton, Fraser coached the Georgia Tech water polo team and also played for the Atlanta Dynamo club. Upon his return to Ottawa, Fraser was an assistant coach for the Carleton University Women’s water polo team under the guidance of the venerable Steven Baird.
Fraser continues to swim and coach with the Ottawa Swim Masters club, swim in open water competitions, and can occasionally be seen in a scrimmage with Capital Wave’s younger athletes or with the Active for Life adult program. Fraser is a NCCP certified Competitive Water Polo coach, National Lifeguard and a certified Age Group Swimming Coach.
Fraser is the Swim Head Coach for Capital Wave and considers it a privilege, “Being a part of Capital Wave’s new dual-sport program is a dream come true for me. I am eager to bring a life-long joy of the water to all the athletes that venture out on our deck.”