Kevin Frosts makes Canada proud at the Dumfries: 3 Golds, 1 world record
May 22, 2013 1 Comment
Last weekend Impaired Speed Skating Association of Canada (ISSAC) send their first skater to an international competition. Deaf-blind speed skater, Kevin Frost made quite an impression at the Dumfries in Scotland hosted by Impaired Skating. Kevin’s winnings included three gold medals and one world record; all were achieved in short track.
The Dumfries brings together skaters from all over the world with various impairments to compete. Kevin was among skaters from big name countries such as Russia and the U.S., two of the approximate five countries with impaired speed skating representation.
Among the talented skaters, the Dumfries also played host to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Kevin and the other international skaters got to show the IPC that despite an impairment, they can still skate and compete.
As a reminder, the IPC has certain requirements before they officially sanction a sport at the Paralympics. The minimum adoption requirements for a new winter sport includes: widespread practice in eight countries; and there must be two world championships competitions that are overseen by the International Skating Union.
The movement of impaired speed skaters continues to move forward. It may start with Kevin in Ottawa, Ontario; but the ISSAC has made it their mission to support all Canadian impaired speed skating athletes to compete internationally.
Kevin and ISSAC also want to send a big thank you to Speed Skating Canada for providing Kevin with some very comfortable gear!