THE retirement plans of Mount Druitt swimmer Jason Hooper remain on hold after winning one gold and two silver medals at the recent NSW disabled multi-class championships.
Hooper entered the over-35s 50 metre backstroke event for fun after he failed to qualify for the 200 metre freestyle.
He won his 76th gold medal in a 22-year career of competitive athletics and swimming.
"I only do backstroke to build up my shoulders and neck and told my opponents they didn't have to worry about me," Hooper said.
"I had to explain myself to a few cranky coaches afterwards."
His fierce rivalry with Steven Yates continues after Hooper finished second in the 50 metre and 100 metre freestyle.
He remains determined to beat Yates, despite being nine years his senior.
"I've just got to change my training so I can swim faster in the freestyle," he said.
The rivalry will continue at the first 2013 swim meet in March at Blacktown Aquatic Centre, where Hooper trains.
"Many people think I'm a idiot as I have been doing this for 22 years," he said.
"My aim is to go for 25. I'm dedicating all my time to swimming."
He's unsure about competing at next year's Australian Masters in Geelong despite bringing home a swag of medals at the 2011 Masters in Adelaide.
Hooper thanked sponsors Trade Secret, Phil's Fitness and Bodybuilding and mentor Stacey Reile for their support.