62 students in the Bono Region of Ghana braved the rain for the chance to try bobsledding and skeleton. Even in the rain, they still came.
The 34 girls and 28 boys participated in a bobsled and skeleton clinic held August 15 in Ghana by the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Ghana (BSF-Ghana) and the Hope Of A Billion team in partnership with the Sunyani Senior High School.
This is the fourth clinic of this type, and BSF-Ghana hopes to get more kids in Ghana introduced to the winter sport of bobsleigh and skeleton with wooden sleds made in Ghana.
Ghana’s first skeleton Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong, who competed in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, believes that the talents on the continent of Africa – with 1.4 billion people – is untapped when it comes to bobsleigh and skeleton.
“The athletes in Ghana and Africa are strong and fast,” Frimpong said.
In western countries, most bobsleigh and skeleton athletes are recruited based on their strengths and speed abilities, and then are trained to push a sled and navigate it down an icy slope channel.
And while BSF-Ghana is financially not in the position to recruit yet from Ghana, the organization is hoping to do so in the future, according to BSF-Ghana’s vice president of international affairs, Robert Annak.
Frimpong, founder of Hope Of A Billion, is also working towards that goal.
“We’re supporting clinics in Ghana to introduce the sport to the youth,” Frimpong said.
“We hope to receive the necessary support in the near future to get more kids in Ghana involved and prepare them to compete internationally for their homeland.”
Frimpong is currently training for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympic Games and BSF-Ghana will use this opportunity to continue in its efforts of introducing the sports to kids in different regions in Ghana.
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