Hooper tar­gets spot at Games

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

COM­ING out of re­tire­ment for one last hur­rah, Mt Druitt dis­abled ath­lete Ja­son Hooper has his eyes set on the World Masters Games in 2017.

Hooper, who was born with Apert syn­drome, will take on the NSW multi-class swim meet next month with the in­ten­tion of se­cur­ing a spot at the Games.

The 49-year-old has been swim­ming com­pet­i­tively for more than 26 years and has won more than 100 gold medals.

“I won a sil­ver in the 2009 World Masters in Syd­ney, but no­body wants to be se­cond best – ev­ery­body wants to be the cham­pion,” Hooper said.

“I have been train­ing hard for the up­com­ing meet. I have been swim­ming two hours a day and train­ing for an hour at the gym.”

Next month’s meet will see ath­letes from across the state com­pete in the first dis­abled races of the sea­son.

“I will be com­pet­ing in the 50 freestyle and the 100 breast­stroke. I love the longer races though – the longer the bet­ter,” Hooper said.

Masters class: Ja­son Hooper.

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