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Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, nicknamed "The Snow Leopard", is a Ghanaianmarker skiier and is expected to be the first person from Ghana to take part in the Winter Olympics, at the 2010 Games to be held in Vancouvermarker, Canadamarker.

Early life

Nkrumah-Acheampong was born in Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker, where his father was studying a doctorate. As a child, he moved away from Glasgow and into Ghana, to a town an hour away from Accramarker, the capital city of Ghana. He became a safari guide and later moved to Englandmarker in 2000. In 2002, he took a job as a receptionist at the Xscape skiing centre in Milton Keynesmarker, where he began to practice skiing.

Career

In 2005, Nkrumah-Acheampong attempted to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turinmarker, Italymarker. However, he failed to arrive at the qualifying stages being held in Iranmarker because his aeroplane flight was grounded in Amsterdammarker in the Netherlandsmarker because of ice on the wings. In 2009, he successfully managed to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics, scoring 137.5 International Ski Federation points, within the qualifying range of 120-140 points.

Nkrumah-Acheampong is supporting projects to promote winter sports in Ghana. He set up the Ghanian Winter Olympic Association, and has secured government backing to build Ghana's first artificial ski slope, which is planned to be built in the Akuapem Hills, Mamfemarker, and are planned to be finished in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochimarker, Russiamarker. Nkrumah-Acheampong is also supporting a range of charities, including Sabre, a British charity working in Ghana which builds schools in deprived areas. He also donates any spare sponsorship money to a charity helping to save the snow leopard from extinction.

Personal life

Nkrumah-Acheampong is married to his wife Sena, who works as a secretary at the Open Universitymarker in Milton Keynes. They have two children, daughter Ellice and son Jason.

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