9:30 a.m., May 30)
Local deaf-blind athlete wins silver medal in tandem bike event
By Fred Sherwin
the change in weather to warmer temperatures, Kevin Frost
is now taking all of his sporting activities outside.
He recently finished his winter calendar in late April
with a silver medal performance in tandem bike road racing
while attending the Défi Sportif AlterGo in Montreal.
event is one of five Para-Cycling activities put on by
Cycling Canada, Frost does his best to attend as many
year's field of tandem, para athletes was very strong,
it was very exciting to earn a silver medal," admitted
Frost. "In the time trials we were cycling at around 40-45
kilometres an hour just to qualify for the final heat.
To finish second we had to go all out for the last lap
with speeds over 65 kilometres an hour. It was exhausting
but well worth the effort when we crossed the finish line."
Frost competes in the tandem bike event at
the Défi Sportif AlterGo in Montreal with
his pilot. François Mellet/Photo
has one more biking event to attend this spring when he
travels to the Quebec City region to participate in the
Canadian Championships. He will be accompanied by Lewis,
his loyal and lovable service dog who always provides
guidance and companionship.
the downside, Frost will have to rely on a new driver
to guide him down the road.
pilot for the Défi Sportif AlterGo has moved to Calgary
so I'm searching for another driver," Frost sighed. "I've
been put in contact with a fellow from Montreal who has
previous tandem bike racing experience. It's going to
be a big change but optimistic the transition will go
affable, deaf-blind athlete also practices speed skating
during the winter but like most Canadians around this
time of year loves to step outside and enjoy the great
the sun and longer days comes Frost's passion for golf.
He's been hitting the links at the White Sands Golf Course
& Practice Centre courtesy of owners Chris Muldoon and
Tara Ellis. The facility offers Frost all the amenities
needed to help improve his game.
easily fits into the category of "golf nut" as he drives,
chips and putts ball as much as he can or the weather
really appreciate what Chris and Tara have done for me,
they are very kind, and recognize my situation and needs,"
has a full slate of golfing activities to prepare for
this summer. He has been a regular on the links as he
works on improving his handicap beginning with the Western
Canadian Blind Golf Championships.
first big test will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from
July 8-12. From there, he will head to Truro, Nova Scotia
in August for a couple of rounds at the Eastern Canadian
Blind Golf Championship.
fine people at White Sands tell me I am a great ambassador
for sports, all I know is that I won't let my handicap
prevent me from staying active," says Frost.
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