Smith rolls to another gold at Worlds
Islander celebrates her gold-medal win at World Games
Jenna Smith made it a perfect sweep.
The 25-year-old from Ellerslie won her third gold medal in as many events in tenpin bowling at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Smith bowled games of 127, 145 and a career-best 199 en route to winning her singles division.
“I knew it was going to be a good day in the first game, but I never thought I’d bowl a 199,” said Smith, whose previous best score was 194.
As for her 199 performance, Smith found her groove right off the bat.
“It was crazy,” she recalled. “I had four strikes and two spares in the first five or six frames.”
Smith teamed with Steve Beaucage, Toufil Irani and Ashleigh Pagnotta to win gold in a team competition on Tuesday.
Later in the day, Smith and Pagnotta claimed gold in doubles.
When told winning three gold medals at a World Games is a significant accomplishment, Smith replied, “I guess it is!”
She acknowledged winning three gold medals still hasn’t sunk in, and “probably won’t until tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday.”
Team Canada mission staff member and Special Olympics P.E.I. executive director Charity Sheehan was overjoyed with Smith’s accomplishments.
“It’s fantastic,” beamed Sheehan. “We are very, very pleased.”
Smith will receive her singles’ gold medal on Saturday.
Paynter in 100-metre final
John Paynter of Freetown will run his final event at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on Friday afternoon.
The 42-year-old Paynter has advanced to the 100-metre final.
He had a time of 23.13 seconds in his 100-metre divisioning race on Monday.
Paynter also established two personal-best times in the 200 metres — 50.86 seconds and 50.15 seconds earlier this week. Paynter was fourth in the final.
Jenna Smith could be excused if she did not get much sleep on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old from Ellerslie was informed around 9 p.m., Atlantic Time, that she had won two gold medals for Team Canada in tenpin bowling at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
“I’m speechless, really,” said Smith in a phone interview with TC Media just moments after receiving official confirmation. “I just got the word about the group (team) a few minutes ago, and right now I just got word about the doubles.”
When asked her initial reaction to learning she was a double gold-medallist at the World Games, Smith chuckled, “I screamed, actually,” while adding, “How am I going to tell everybody?”
Although she did not compete on Wednesday, it was a very memorable day for Smith and her Canadian teammates. That’s because the medal presentations and ceremony took place.
Smith teamed with Steve Beaucage, Toufil Irani and Ashleigh Pagnotta to win gold in a team competition.
Smith and Pagnotta, who is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., then went on to claim gold in doubles.
As for her own performance, Smith, who averages over 100 a game, said she was quite pleased.
“All of my scores were over 100 today (Tuesday),” she said. “I was really pleased with that. “I was like, ‘Oh my God!’” Smith and fellow Island athlete John Paynter have received lots of messages and well wishes from P.E.I.
“Thank you to everyone back home,” she said.
Jenna Smith smiles as she poses with fellow members of Team Canada at the opening ceremony of 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.