4:30 p.m., Feb. 4)
Frost overcomes challenges both physical and financial
By Mike Beasley
The Orléans Star
someone who is officially dis-abled, Kevin Frost
has been able to accomplish an awful lot.
sight-impaired athlete Kevin Frost walks with
his guide dog Nemo prior to a recent speed
skating event. File photo
49-year-old suffers from Usher Syndrome Type 2 which results
in severe tunnel vision and a loss of hearing. In Kevins
case, he has two per cent vision in each eye in
practical terms its like seeing though a straw -
and his hearing is nine per cent of that of an average
hard at times, but I have learned to work with my remaining
vision and hearing. Its an obstacle, but life is
about overcoming obstacles and doing your best,
says Frost who, despite the physical challenges he faces,
is more active that 90 per cent of the population who
dont have to deal with the same issues.
you ever have the pleasure of meeting and speaking with
Kevin, even for just a few minutes, you will have an incredible
urge to run a marathon, climb a mountain or swim a couple
will have that effect on you because he is one of the
most determined and inspirational people you will ever
cant work because of his affliction and is on long-term
disability. It should be changed to long term ability.
plays golf, he broke 90 this past summer with Lewis his
guide dog and best friend keeping him company in the golf
cart; is a world-class competitive speed skater; and he
recently took up the sport of tandem biking with his sighted
guide and pilot Scott Laliberte.
two are preparing for the Ontario Cycling Championships
on March 4 and 5 and the Canadian Indoor Championships
three weeks later. In the meantime, Frost is also focusing
on the World Masters Allround Speed Skating Games taking
place in Fort St. John, B.C. on March 10-12.
his many accomplishments, Frost finished 11th in his age
group competing against able-bodied skaters at the World
Allround Speed Skating Championships in the Netherlands
last year; he won a silver medal in the Ontario Para-Cycling
Race Series in 2016 as well; and he had the second overall
net score at the USA Blind Golf Championships in September.
he couldnt compete in all those events and give
motivational speeches to students and others trying to
overcome their own disabilities without the generous support
of his sponsors.
though he is a disabled athlete, Frost is not a carded
athlete within the Canadian Paralympic Association and
is continually having to raise money to pay for his training
and traveling expenses.
an athlete is not under the governments umbrella,
you are on your own to fundraise and you have to rely
on sponsorship to be competitive, says Frost who
depends on several anonymous local donors to help his
cause. But he could always use additional help.
hard to get regular sponsorship and I am constantly reaching
out to people for help. I want to have them share my life
story and be a part of my ongoing success.
can follow Kevins sports exploits at: www.deafblindspeedskater.com.
Frost and his tandem bike guide and pilot
Scott Laliberte are preparing for the Canadian
championships in March. Photo supplied
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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