Roy Paynter can now add an international medal to his swimming resumé.
The 21-year-old from Clinton won bronze in the 100-metre backstroke at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Paynter’s time was 1:34.91.
It was the second event of the international competition for Paynter, who is Special Olympics P.E.I.’s lone athlete on Team Canada. He helped his team to a 2:32.91 showing in the 4x50-metre relay on Wednesday.
Next up for Paynter is the 200-metre freestyle on Sunday, and he will compete in his fourth and final event – 100-metre breaststroke – on Wednesday.
Paynter was selected to represent Canada at the World Games after winning six medals at the Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games in Antigonish, N.S., in early August 2018.