is at it again. The multi-sport deaf-blind athlete recently
won a gold medal competing against able-bodied athletes at
a speed skating event in Lake Placid last month.
Frost and with his service dog Lewis. File photo
Shea Sprints Championships are held every January on an
outdoor oval by the Lake Placid Speed Skating Club. The
event is open to both Americans and Canadians who compete
at various age groups and abilities.
came first in the 500-metre event in the men’s Division
III category, beating out fellow competitor Jonathan Furminger.
Furminger then turned the tables on Frost in the 1000.
skating is one of the first sports Frost got involved in
after he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome in 2002. The
condition leads to partial or total hearing and vision loss
that worsens over time. He currently has 15 per cent hearing
(90 decibels) and eight per cent tunnel vision.
joined the Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club the same
year he was diagnosed. The former hockey referee was looking
for a sport he could do on ice and he always wanted to try
his hand at speed skating. It didn’t hurt that the Gloucester
Concordes train at the Bob MacQuarrie Complex where Frost
refereed many of his games.
starting out in short track, he soon took up long track
as well. Competitive speed skating has taken Frost across
Canada and overseas where he’s competed in Russia, Germany
and Great Britain. He took up rowing for five years and
track and field before finally focusing on tandem cycling
and golfing. He won a silver medal last year in the tandem
road race event at the Canadian championships. His goal
this year is to finish on the podium in the Time Trial event
with his new pilot, Phil Bergeron, who is also a former
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