Akwasi Frimpong has announced he will head back to Ghana to help develop winter sport in the country, particularly aiming to help the athletes to discover bobsleigh and skeleton.
The Dutch-Ghanaian athlete opted to represent the African nation and established the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation-Ghana in 2016.
He became the first athlete from the country to qualify for the Skeleton World Championships and moved up in the world rankings to 95 out of 154 competitors.
Frimpong has faced several challenges in his pursuit of sporting success, including being an illegal immigrant in The Netherlands and recovering from debilitating injury.
He is now based in Utah as he seeks to qualify for the Winter Olympics, but is now poised to head to Ghana to raise awareness of the sport.
“I am going there to build up Ghana’s place in the sport and reach out to the Ghanaian youth there,” Frimpong said.
“Ghanaians have the great attributes of resilience, determination, and confidence and on top of that great leg speed, I think once Ghanaians learn how to steer a skeleton and drive a bobsled they can make a mark in the sport of bobsled and skeleton.
“And it starts with me showing others that we can do it and excel.
“Going to Ghana after 23 years is not going to be a vacation.
“I am going there to put in my best efforts to be involved and contribute to my home country.
“I'm mostly excited to be among my people, it has been way too long.”
Frimpong, who was previously a second alternate bobsled brakeman for The Netherlands’ Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic team, will meet young people on Friday (July 28).
He will discuss education, leadership and sports with hopefuls in Accra, before encouraging other potential athletes to discover skeleton and bobsleigh the following day.
Frimpong will also visit the Ghana National Sports Authority, the Ghana Youth and Sport Ministry and the Ghana Olympic Committee to discuss ways to boost involvement with winter sports.