Clive resident wins gold at Special Olympics

.

Mother Marie

Julie Bertrand / Independent reporter

Thomasina Payne outran her rivals to win two gold medals at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which were held in Greece from June 25 to July 4.

She won her medals in the 3,000m run and in the 1,500 run. She also finished fourth in relay with her team.

“I got personal best in all my events,” said Payne.

Her family had made the trip to see her run, a decision they didn’t regret.

“It was an honour to be there. It was a privilege to see her run,” said her mother Marie Payne

After the Games, the Payne family traveled around Greece experiencing the culture.

“The trip to Greece was kind of fun actually,” said Payne.

Though Payne is only 20 years old, she has been a member of Red Deer Special Olympics since 2004.

Her events are the 100m, the 200m, the 1,500m, the 3,00m and the long jump in track field. In the past, she won five medals at the 2009 Special Olympic Provincial Summer Games in St. Albert and four silver medals at the Special Olympic Canada Summer Game in London, Ont., in 2010.

She also plays competitive curling at the provincial and national level.

She won the gold medal at the 2007 and 2011 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games and the silver medal in 2008 at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Quebec City.

“Special Olympics is a really great experience for anybody with intellectual disabilities to be involved in,” said Marie.

“It’s for anybody that wants to see the true spirit of sport. You really see the competitors at their best.”

Payne trains at least three days a week in a Red Deer Gym and runs almost every day, a regimen she has kept up for the past seven years.

She is not sure she will be there at the next Special Olympics World Summer Games.

“I’m thinking of taking a break for the next four years,“ concluded Payne.

However, she will be part of the Alberta curling team at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter games.

Just Posted

Thanks and gratitude for those who serve and protect

Thanking police officers from Camrose to Beaver County, Wainwright to Drumheller, Hanna to Stettler

Our town Stettler: Blast from the past

Stettler’s pharmacy opens in 1904 before Alberta was a province

Stettler Slam hip hop show

Rappers ignite crowd and dancefloor in Stettler Aug. 10

Endiang landmarks torn down

Posed a public safety hazard

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

These are the highest-paid actresses of 2018

In its list released this week Forbes said all 10 earned a total of $186 million before tax

Ponoka’s Ronnie Racing wins Hot August Night

About 15,000 people filled the Castrol Raceway stands at the motorsports complex

Vintage vehicle subject of RCMP search

Two Hills RCMP seek to identify owner of recovered 1940’s vehicle

Canada’s tax system unfairly favours wealthy, poll of CRA auditors suggests

Four of every five respondents think loopholes and tax credits built into the system benefit the rich

Banff’s Sunshine ski resort upset with proposed guidelines from Parks Canada

The plan would allow for more visitors but wouldn’t let Sunshine build additional facilities

Publication ban lifted on details about Fredericton shooting that killed 4

Judge lifts publication ban on court documents related to the Fredericton shooting

Feds to allow charities to engage in political, but not partisan, activity

The plan is to allow charities to pursue political activities

Most Read


Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.