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.