VANCOUVER – Jamie Trowsdale of Charlottetown has won P.E.I.’s first medal at the 2014 Special Olympics National Summer Games.
Trowsdale earned a bronze medal in the 1,500-metre race on Wednesday morning.
“We are really super excited,” beamed Team P.E.I. chef de mission Charity Sheehan in a phone interview with the Journal Pioneer on Wednesday night. “He ran his own race and did very, very well.”
Sheehan noted this is the first time Team P.E.I. track athletes have run distances greater than 400 metres.
“The athletes were all pumped, Jamie included, about doing longer-distance races,” added Sheehan. “He really had a goal set that he was going to finish it in a personal-best time.
“I’m not sure if he was off his personal best, I haven’t seen the results yet, but he was pretty excited about what he did today.”
In softball, Team P.E.I. won its first game – 16-10 over New Brunswick. The Islanders were back on the field playing Ontario in a late game Wednesday night, but no score was available at press time.
“They’re playing on a turf field, so they are having to adjust to the speed of the ball getting to them in the field,” explained Sheehan.
P.E.I.’s lone golfer, Heidi Mallett of Alberton, was on the course completing her opening round on Wednesday night while powerlifter Kolton Doucette of Wellington completed lifts in all three disciplines – deadlift, squat and bench press. Sheehan was awaiting to see the official results to confirm Doucette set a personal-best mark in the bench press.
The swimmers had a busy day along with the track and field athletes while the Team P.E.I. soccer team dropped two games – 4-2 to Ontario and 6-2 to Manitoba.
“Like the softball team, they are playing on turf and are adjusting to the speed,” said Sheehan. “Also, it was tremendously hot here today, so all the athletes had to deal with that as well.”
Competition continues Thursday.