Karl Donoghue of Okanagan Falls won three gold medals at the World Masters Games in New Zealand. Western News file photo

OK Falls swimmers is golden at World Masters Games

Karl Donoghue of Okanagan Falls picked up five medals at the World Masters Games in New Zealand.

Karl Donoghue of Okanagan Falls picked up five medals, including three gold at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, April 21 to 30.

Donoghue competed in pool events and the open water 2.5-kilometre swim. Donoghue captured gold in the 50-m, 100-m and 200-m backstroke and silver in the 200-m and 400-m freestyle. His performances in the 50-m and 100-m backstroke broke his own Canadian records set in 2015. The 2.5-km open water swim was a challenge with waves and rain, but he pulled off a silver medal.

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The World Masters Games featured 28 sports and is the world’s largest multi-sport event. It is held every four years and is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.