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Paynter earns two more medals at Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games

Roy Paynter poses with his mother and coach, Sarah Paynter, at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, N.S. Paynter has won for medals – two gold and two bronze – in the first two days of swimming competition. Special Olympics P.E.I.
Roy Paynter poses with his mother and coach, Sarah Paynter, at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, N.S. Paynter has won for medals – two gold and two bronze – in the first two days of swimming competition. Special Olympics P.E.I. - Contributed

Kensington resident collects two bronze medals in swimming

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Roy Paynter continued to shine in the pool at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games on Thursday.
Paynter, a 21-year-old Kensington resident, won two bronze medals in the 50-metre breaststroke and 100-metre backstroke. Paynter has now earned four medals after winning a pair of gold medals in the 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre backstroke on Wednesday.
“It felt awesome,” said Paynter in describing the feeling of winning the medals on the national stage in a phone interview with the Journal Pioneer early Thursday afternoon. “I loved it. It was a different experience. Yes, I’ve won tons of medals, but it is different every time.”

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Final times
Paynter’s final times in his bronze-medal swims were 46.7 seconds in the breaststroke and 1:34.72 in the backstroke. Both were personal-best times for Paynter, who took four seconds off his record in the 50-metre breaststroke and knocked 10 seconds off his previous standard in the 100-metre backstroke. Paynter’s gold-medal-winning times were 44.41 seconds in the backstroke, and 34.9 seconds in the freestyle.

“I don’t really kick that much, but I have really strong arms, so I just power through it,” said Paynter in describing his style in the pool.

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When asked how he is enjoying the experience of a National Summer Games, Paynter commented: “It’s going good. It’s a different environment. It’s warm and humid, and it’s fun.”

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