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Deaf-blind ath­lete hopes to raise aware­ness for sport

Orleans Star - - SPORTS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ Twit­ter @catkitts

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.

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