Jason Hooper is a Para-Sport-Swimmer and has entered a number of different events in the World Masters Games 2017 - 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle and 50m Breastroke. His goal is to swim his fastest and maintain his competiveness, whilst meeting new friends. World Masters Games 2017 will be Jason’s second WMG event - he competed in the 2009 edition held in Sydney, Australia, and won a silver medal in the 50m Freestyle.
Jason says “All athletes want to be a World Champ, doesn’t matter what sport… I am no different, I want to be a World Champ and thanks to the 2017 World Masters Games being held in Auckland, I’ve got five chances to become [one].” He is training seven days a week – two hours at the gym in the morning and then two and half hours in the pool. There are four Para-Sport Swim meets in Sydney this year which he will be attending in preparation for WMG2017. Jason is planning to retire after the Games as this is his 26th year as a Para-Athlete and he wants to focus on his journalism studies.
This will be Jason’s second trip to Auckland, New Zealand – the first was for an athletics event in 1994, where he competed and won gold in a number of track events. He loved the atmosphere and support of the kiwi locals and is looking forward to receiving that hospitality once again next year.
Jason also recently competed in a 7 hour swimathon to raise money for charity, view his inspiring achievement below.