Local athlete snags pair of early medals at Parapan Am Games

Ponoka’s Tammy Cunnington has earned two bronze medals, fell just shy of the podium in a third race and fifth in another race in the pool at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto. Cunnington, 37, won bronze medals in both the women’s 100-metre freestyle and the four-by-50-metre relay, competing with Team Canada.

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Ponoka’s Tammy Cunnington has earned two bronze medals, fell just shy of the podium in a third race and fifth in another race in the pool at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

Cunnington, 37, won bronze medals in both the women’s 100-metre freestyle and the four-by-50-metre relay, competing with Team Canada.

She finished fourth in the women’s 50-metre freestyle event.

While competing in the women’s 50-metre butterfly event, she set an America’s Record with a time of 57.84 seconds during a qualifying race. She ended up finishing in fifth place in the event.

Cunnington is not finished competing at the Para Pan Am Games — she races in the 50-metre breast stroke today, the 50-metre backstroke on Wednesday and the 200-metre freestyle on Friday.

She is not the only Central Albertan involved in the Para Pan Am Games this summer.

Trent Farebrother of Red Deer, but born in Castor, is the co-coach of the women’s goalball team.

Peter Won of Blackfalds plays for the men’s wheelchair basketball team.

The Para Pan Am Games continue in Toronto until Aug. 15.