GHANA’S first skeleton athlete, Akwasi Frimpong, says the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) award he won would motivate him to work harder to win medals for the nation.
At the SWAG Awards Night ceremony last Saturday, Frimpong was honoured for being the first ever Ghanaian to participate in a skeleton event at the Olympics.
The award citation read: “You showed that where there is a will, there is a way, as you defied all odds to participate in the skeleton event in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Games — the first Ghanaian to accomplish that feat.”
“Akwasi, for your bravery and adventurous character, SWAG honours you,” it ended.
A thankful Frimpong was content with SWAG’s recognition, which he said had motivated him to bring glory to the country.
“The moral support from the people of Ghana was amazing, leading to the 2018 Olympics and during the actual Olympics. I have a lot of work to do to improve, so this award is a huge motivation to stay relentless on my road to win Africa’s first Winter Olympics medal in Beijing 2022,” he told the Daily Graphic in an interview from his base in the Netherlands.
The 33-year old Ghanaian-born Dutch participated in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and is currently working towards qualifying for the 2022 Beijing Games.