Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong

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Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong
Personal information
Born (1974-12-19)19 December 1974
Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Updated on 12 February 2010.

Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong (born 19 December 1974[1]), nicknamed "The Snow Leopard", is a Ghanaian skier and is the first person from Ghana to take part in the Winter Olympics, which he did at the 2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] taking part in the slalom.[1] He finished 53rd out of 102 participants, of whom 54 finished.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kwame Nkrumah was born on 19 December 1974.

Career[edit]

Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong entering the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics of 2010.

At the Ski Show in 2004 Kwame and his coach met Fergie Miller, the Director of Adventure Training specialists [Base Camp Group]. He had approached them, thoroughly intrigued by their Ghana Ski Team Jackets. After hearing of their extraordinary ambitions of competing in the Olympic Games, Fergie decided to help in any way he could. Base Camp sent Kwame out to Meribel on one of their courses, a trip which would be Kwames first steps on real snow. Kwame was somewhat anxious at the sheer scale of the slopes and mountains but after a few runs he was more than confident and he progressed in leaps and bounds.

During the following season, Kwame trained with French coaches, and ex-French ski team members, Pascal Blanc and Didier Scmidt, training predominantly in the Giant Slalom event on the Stade de Slalom, Meribel. He later became a slalom skier also, recording his best results in the discipline, where speed and agility is of paramount importance.


In 2005, Nkrumah-Acheampong attempted to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. However, he failed to arrive at the qualifying stages being held in Iran because his flight was grounded in Amsterdam, Netherlands because of icing on its wings.[4]

In 2009, Nkrumak qualifies for the 2010 Winter Olympics of 2010, scoring 137.5 International Ski Federation points, within the qualifying range of 120 to 140 points.[2][5] Nkrumah-Acheampong took part in the men's slalom where he finished 53rd out of 102 competitors, 54 of whom finished the race.[3]

Nkrumah-Acheampong is supporting projects to promote winter sports in Ghana. He set up the Ghanaian Winter Olympic Association,[5] and he has gotten government backing to build Ghana's first artificial ski slope, which he plans to build in the Akuapem Hills of Mamfe. This slope is planned to be finished in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Nkrumah-Acheampong is also supporting a range of charities, including Sabre, a British charity working in Ghana which builds schools in deprived areas.[2] He also donates any spare sponsorship money to a charity helping to save the snow leopard from extinction.[4]

Canadian musician Ashley MacIsaac also wrote a charity single, "Dreams", to benefit Nkrumah-Acheampong and his charitable efforts.[6]

In addition to the Canadian musicians Matthew Harder of the band House of Doc and Geoffrey Kelly, Vince Ditrich and Tobin Frank of the band Spirit of the West, Nkrumah-Acheampong himself took part in the recording by playing traditional Ghanaian percussion instruments.[6] The single, credited to The Parallel Band, was released to iTunes on 19 February 2010.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Nkrumah-Acheampong is married to his wife Sena. She works as a secretary at the Open University in Milton Keynes. They have two children, their daughter Ellice and their son Jason.[4]

Mr. Nkrumah-Acheampong is not related to the former President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah (1909–72).

Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong practised at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island for the 2010 Winter Olympics from 31 January to 9 February in Vancouver, British Columbia.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, Alpine Skiing". Vancouver, 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Dutta, Kunal (22 October 2009). "Forget Eric the Eel... meet the Snow Leopard". The Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Men's Slalom". Vancouver, 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c O'Connor, Ashling (13 March 2009). "Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong set to be first Ghanaian to compete in Winter Olympics". The Times. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Base Camp Sponsored Ghanaian skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong has qualified for 2010 Olympics". 0–21 Snowboarding. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "Ghana's Snow Leopard records Olympic dream song with Canadian fiddler MacIsaac". Canadian Press, 19 February 2010.
  7. ^ Dunbar, Graham (28 January 2010). "Ghana's skiing Snow Leopard prepares for Olympics". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2 February 2010. [dead link]

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