VANCOUVER – Team P.E.I. won two more medals at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games on Thursday.
John Paynter of Freetown won a silver medal in the standing long jump, and swimmer Amie Sullivan of Montague captured bronze in the 200-metre backstroke.
“We are just super excited that the athletes are doing so well,” Team P.E.I. chef de mission Charity Sheehan told the Journal Pioneer in a phone interview on Thursday night. “There is lots of excitement when the athletes get back to the athletes village.
“They are feeding off each other’s stories, and it gives them a boost for the next day when they go out to compete.
“Overall, there is lots of excitement and we are really pleased.”
After shooting an opening-round 82 on Wednesday, Heidi Mallett was back on the golf course on Thursday. Mallett’s final score in Round 2 was not in at press time, but Sheehan noted reports had her shooting well.
In team sports, the P.E.I. softball squad dropped a close 9-8 decision to Quebec while the Island soccer team lost 4-1 to Alberta. This completes qualifying play for both teams. The softball team will now play in a division with Ontario and Manitoba while the soccer team will join New Brunswick and Yukon in pool play.
In fivepin bowling, the P.E.I. team earned 16 of a possible 18 points on Wednesday, and was back at the lanes on Thursday night.
P.E.I. finished fourth in the team event in tenpin bowling. One highlight of Thursday’s action was Jenna Smith of Ellerslie-Bideford bowling a 189 score.
It was also a busy day in athletics for Team P.E.I. Results were unavailable at press time.