In 2010, at the age of 60, due to a blood flow disorder, Dave lost the majority of his vision over a 3 day period. With the loss of vision, unemployment became a reality and with the resulting loss of income, marital status, and a social network, life became a challenge.
While walking with a white cane, a former member approached and invited Dave to join the sight impaired group at the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club.
The lawn bowling community has provided a conduit for new friendships and a physical activity essential to a healthy lifestyle. Club members have embraced Dave’s dedication and contribution to the sport of lawn bowls. They consistently include him in regular tournaments for the sighted.
Through 2011 – 2014 Dave has steadily improved as a lawn bowler with victories and top three finishes both in sight impaired and fully sighted bowling.
Together with two sighted bowlers, he won the 2014 Tenderfoot Tournament in Parksville. This is a tournament for bowlers with 3 years or less experience and involved teams from all over the north island.
At the 2014 Provincial Championships for Sight Impaired, Dave went undefeated for a gold medal win and earned qualification to the National Championship in Brantford, ON.
At the National Championship, he lost only one game in the singles competition and won all his games in doubles to win two gold medals. He is the current National Champion for his B2 Division.
As a qualified sight-impaired representative for the City of Nanaimo, Provincial Champion, and a National Gold Medalist, the International Bowls for the Disabled World Championships to be held in Wellington, NZ February 2015, is an opportunity of a lifetime and a dream come true.
In 2010, Randy Fred, a First Nations Nanaimo resident, became a member of the sight impaired group at the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club. While Randy has some light perception, he has been totally blind since his late teens.
To date, Randy has earned nineteen Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in Provincial and National competitions. He is a major talent in the world of vision impaired athletes.
In September 2014, he brought home another Gold medal and qualified for the International Games for Athletes with a Disability.
As a champion athlete living without vision, Randy is an inspiration to the sport, colleagues, and community. Competing at the International Games in New Zealand in 2015 would be a dream come true.
Randy spent most of his working career in the communications field, getting his start in the news department of a radio station.
He went on to found two book publishing companies: Theytus Books and Tillicum Library. Best selling book “Stoney Creek Woman: The Story of Mary John” by Bridget Moran was published by Randy and won the 1986 Lt. Governor’s Award for Outstanding B.C. History. The book is still being used in Women’s Studies at Canadian Universities and Colleges.
In 2005, Randy was presented with the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the B.C. publishing industry.
Randy Fred is currently producing videos and establishing an internet radio/television station for the Hul’gumi’num language.