Thousands raised for impaired speed skaters

Kelly Snider
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SPORTS. The Impaired Speed Skating Association of Canada (ISSAC) held a fundraiser on September 21 to raise money for their foundation and building the association for the skaters.

(From left to right) Michele Simpson, Kristine D'Arbelles, Kevin Frost, Isabelle Boileau, Karina Nemic, Trinity Castilloux, Alexia Leblanc, Caroline Lemaire, and Emilie Lemaire.

Kevin Frost, a local blind and deaf athlete, took part in the fundraiser, which took place at Boston Pizza on Inness Rd., and said it was a major success.

"Over $3,000 was raised so it was definitely a successful night for ISSAC. Any event takes a lot of people being involved, so we were really lucky to have people like Michele and Kristine there, along with everyone else who came to help out."

A team of high school students also came out to help with the event.

Frost said the money will go towards the association and he wants to get more visually and hearing impaired athletes to try out the sport. As well, helping with training, travel, and equipment.

"I want them to try [speed skating] and if they show interest then [we] will help them kick start, and also help them if they need to compete internationally."

Many items were up for bidding in the auction, like a "His and Hers" watch set from Taing Jewellers, a flat screen T.V., a restaurant package at St. Martha's Brasserie, and more.

Frost said ISSAC's goal is to grow a movement in Canada and around the world of impaired speed skaters. "We will strive to have speed skating recognized as a sanctioned sport by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)."

This would allow athletes to compete on one of the world's biggest stages, the winter Paralympic games.

Organizations: International Paralympic Committee

Geographic location: Canada

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