Scotland Speeding off to
Deaf-blind athlete hopes to raise awareness for sport
East end deaf-blind athlete, Kevin Frost, is lacing up his skates and heading for Scotland on May 8 to race in the Impaired Skating Championship, sanctioned by Scotland’s National Ice Skating Association.
"This race is huge," said Frost, explaining that this competition is key to getting impaired skating sanctioned as a Paralympic sport. "I’m hoping that with Scotland on board other countries will want to get involved."
The competition has already gained some interest from the London Paralympics Committee.
Frost has the rare genetic disorder called Usher Syndrome. He has only eight per cent of his vision and progressive hearing loss. His vision is like looking through two straws and a sound has to register about 90 decibels for him to hear it.
Since the day he started competing seven years ago, Frost has made it his ambition to get International Paralympic Committee (IPC) sanction speedskating. The IPC has minimum criteria for adoption of a new winter sport, including widespread practice in a minimum of eight countries, and the sport must have a minimum of two world championship competitions.