Hooper targets spot at Games
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.