Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt made the 28 hour trip to New Zealand this past week to compete at the World Masters Games in Auckland. This event is the biggest multi-sport event on the planet, including the Olympics, with 25,000 athletes descending into Auckland from 100 countries. The 10 day event covers 28 sports & will be contested at 48 venues across Auckland and Waikato.
Phil, who following a bad injury layoff towards the end of 2016 & a personal family illness from which he drew massive inspiration to raise the money to compete in Auckland, heads to the southern hemisphere to race against some of the worlds best masters swimmers. The Salisbury Stingrays swimmer of 20 years races in the 30-34 year age group & will compete in the 200m freestyle, the 50m freestyle & 50m backstroke, as well as possibly the 100m freestyle which being such a hugely popular event has a reserve list having been fully subscribed with entrants. Having won at the Welsh National Masters Championships in March, he was unable to defend his titles at the Scottish National Masters Championships as the competition falls on the same weekend that he flies out on. His final race will be on Thursday 27th of April, before returning to the UK on the Friday 28th.
In his age group though is Carl O’Donnell who competed for New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympics display the tough level Phil will be competing at. “I fly out on the 21st & land on the 23rd, with my first races on the 24th, so I’ve had to read up on how to try & minimise jetlag. My last race is next Thursday so I should be fully recovered by then. This is a huge event, one I didn’t plan to swim at until the last minute really so I am not going to be tapered, but none the less I am here & want to win. This season comes down to the World Championships in Budapest this coming August, but I am here & I’m here for Mum; everything she went through showed me to never live with regrets. I am so grateful to Jones & Co for all their support for this & all my other events throughout the season.”