Fundraising concert for local athlete

Tricia Van der Grient
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Local musicians are coming together to help deaf-blind speed skater Kevin Frost raise funds for his pursuit to compete in the Olympics.

Kevin Frost with his guide dog Nemo. (Photo by Tricia Van der Grient)

Frost's childhood friend Andy MacEwan, along with his band Two Steps Behind, will play with another local band Mike n' Marty, at the first Frost Fest benefit concert at the Blackburn Arms on Dec. 11.

Frost was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome in the sixth grade, a condition that causes progressive vision and hearing loss. He currently has 10 percent of his hearing and four percent tunnel vision. Frost ranked 3rd in Canada in 2010 for long-track speed skating against able-bodied skaters.

Speed skating is not currently recognized by the International Paralympic Committee, so Frost intends to compete in the regular Olympics by 2014 alongside able-bodied athletes.

The fundraising event, featuring prizes like big screen TVs, will help Frost with training, equipment and travelling costs.

"I am very touched on how everyone came together to make this event happen," Frost said. "This means so much to me and having this support gives me that extra determination to accomplish my goals."

Organizations: International Paralympic Committee

Geographic location: Canada

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