Kevin Frost Orleans Lion, Ontario, Canada An elite speed skater, Kevin Frost, 48, races at speeds up to 32 miles per hour despite being almost completely blind and deaf. He credits his astounding success to having a positive attitude, training hard and helping others. Kevin Frost is a three-time World Blind Champion in short track speed skating and ranks 13th in the world against able-bodied skaters. Lions have sponsored Frost in many competitions. Created the nonprofit Visually Impaired Speed Skating Association to help the sport become a Paralympics event Has conducted hearing aid missions to Mexico for 15 years Has given more than 300 motivational talks around the world Compound Loss I’ve worn hearing aids since I was 11 years old. When my night vision got bad when I was 27, I found out that I have Usher syndrome type 2, which causes hearing loss first and vision loss later. I currently have 9 percent of my hearing and 2. 5 percent of my vision. Hitting Rock Bottom I had been a workaholic and was married with three kids. I lost my job and my driver’s license. My marriage ended. I had refereed over 20,000 hockey games, and my dream was to be an NHL linesman. I had to give that up. Finding Hope I had to put my energy into something. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind gave me the tools to get back into society. I received my first miracle guide dog, Nemo. Then I tried skating. Therapeutic Sport When I’m speed skating, it feels like I’m driving again and I have my sight back. It’s pure freedom. Tenacity and Strategy It’s hard work. I’ve had a lot of falls. People ask how I do it. I count strides, learn the oval [rink], communicate with my coach through a wireless receiver on my hearing aid. I can’t hear the starting gun so I feel for it. An orange flag is waved at the end for me. More than Medals I’ve won medals and set world records, but that’s not why I do it. I’m working toward creating a movement for visually impaired skaters. It also enables me to help people—the young boy in Mexico who was transformed after helping him receive a hearing aid. The girl who overcame her embarrassment of using a white cane after I took her around town with our canes. And the girl who overcame her fear of dogs, thanks to Nemo. Secret to Success My childhood was tough. I was bullied and teased. When I speak to schools, I talk about turning a negative into a positive and succeeding no matter what. It’s about karma: the more you give, the more that comes back to you. Learn more about Frost at deafblindspeedskater.com. Do you know a Lion who you think has a great story or deserves a bit of recognition? Email us a brief description of the Lion and the reason you’re making the nomination to email@example.com. Please include “One of Us” in the subject line.
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