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(Posted 9:30 a.m., April 28)
Kevin Frost adds two more medals to his collection
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

Kevin Frost (left) and his tandem bike guide Scott Laliberte won a pair of silver medals at the Canadian Indoor Cycling Chapionships in March. File photo

Kevin Frost is at it again. The blind-deaf athlete continues to fight through his disability by perfecting his skills in different sports throughout the year.

Frost doesn’t just participate in various sporting events catering to blind, visually impaired, or abled athletes, he very often brings home a medal for his efforts.

March was a particularly busy month for Frost with three events on his schedule. Early in the month, he picked up two gold medals in tandem bike racing at the Provincial Track Championships in Milton, Ontario.

From March 10-12, Frost travelled west to Fort St. Johns, B.C., to partake in the World All-Around Games.

This inspiring gentlemen entered the long track speed skating event as the only disabled athlete at the event but still managed to finish 8th against the field of able-bodied skaters.

It was a significant achievement for Frost after finishing in 11th place in 2016 at the same event in the Netherlands

“March was extremely hectic with training, travelling and competitions,” Frost admitted. “It was busy, but at the same time very rewarding. The timing of everything was just right, I felt very good, peaked at the right time and had several great results.”

During the last weekend in March, Frost continued to impress with another outstanding performance at the 2017 Canadian Track Championships for U17 and JuniorPara athletes in Milton.

Frost added a silver medal to his collection in the four kilometre tandem pursuit and missed out on a gold medal performance in the one kilometre race by less than a second.

“I’m ecstatic with being able to achieve my short term goals in tandem cycling. In addition, I am very pleased with my improved world status in long track speed skating. I worked hard with my coach to improve my technique and it paid off with a new ranking.”

Despite his extraordinary month of achievements, don’t expect Frost to sit around and rest on his laurels – that’s not in his DNA.

The motivated athlete is already gearing up for his next competition which comes at the end of the month when he’ll make the trip to Montreal and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Defi Sportif AlterGo. He and his partner Scott Laliberte will compete in outdoor tandem para-cycling.

“The flat track of road racing is a different dynamic compared to the sloped banks of a Velodrome,” explained Frost of his next conquest. “Inclement weather and the wind are other outdoor variables to contend with which makes practice and pre-paration somewhat of a challenge to duplicate.”

It’s just another challenge that Frost will tackle head on, similar to a daily battle with his physical limitations that he continues to overcome.

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