Keira Frie once raced in a gold-medal final on the world stage in front of 70,000 spectators. That was in London at the Paralympic Games in 2012, where she finished a whisker out of the bronze medal position.
“It was thrilling!” she says. “I raced four events and made three finals.”
Frie probably won’t be back to that level again, but the new Slave Lake resident is considering a return to racing.
“I’m hoping to gear up for a 10k next year,” she says.
How Frie ended up in Slave Lake is she came with her husband, Mike Parsons, who is the new manager of Servus Credit Union. She previously worked in Morse, Saskatchewan for CIBC, and now works from home for a management consulting firm called Great Big Solutions.
How she got into competitive wheelchair racing goes back to a spinal cord injury when she was 16.
“I fell off the roof of a garage,” she says.
As luck would have it, she grew up across the street (in Saskatoon) from a Paralympian named Rick Reelie, who was going into coaching.
“I approached him,” she says.
That was the start of the program that culminated with her making the national team and competing in London.
Now settled in Slave Lake, Frie plans to get into some training for that 10k race next year. She has a sort of treadmill set-up at home for her wheelchair racing machine. The race she has in mind is called ‘Rolling Rampage,’ which is held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa each year.