So the 2018 Winter Olympics came to a finish last month and as we've mentioned, one of the favourite athletes of the games was Akwasi Frimpong, Ghana's first ever Skeleton Bobsled athlete. So of course we were delighted when he agreed to share his story with the Fight for the Fatherless.
You can check that story out on our Facebook page at ‘Fight for the Fatherless 2017’. We’ve also shared a video of Akwasi there that really inspired us and made us ask the question. What does it take to make a good Skeleton athlete
So that brings us to our challenge this week. We want you to see if you would have the speed, power and determination to launch out of the starting gate at full speed to get off to the best start possible, just as Akwasi has to when aiming to win medals at the highest levels.
So to do that, simply mark out a space that will allow you to sprint and accelerate up to your fastest speed. probably around 40 metres but really It doesn't have to be a specific distance but it wants to be a short enough to allow you to sprint all out over the full distance without ever slowing down. You'll then need a small plastic bottle which were going to use to replicate the handle of the Bobsled
So to begin with practice a couple of normal sprints and then once you're ready we want you to take your plastic bottle in whichever hand you prefer, then crouching down with you hand at your side with the bottle (Bobsled handle) just touching the floor we want you to then sprint that same distance again as fast as you can with the bottle (or your sled) touching the floor at all times.
Time yourself or ideally get someone else to time you and see if you can improve from one run to the next, perhaps challenge family and friends to see who's the fastest and therefore who might potentially make the best skeleton athlete at an Olympics
Well that's it for now. We hope you have fun with this challenge and we so hope you can join us for our family prayer tomorrow which we'll share with you all on our pages. Have a great weekend God bless and we'll catch you tomorrow.