William Amponsah, Ghana’s Marathon Record champion and 10,000 meters record holder has secured admission to undertake a Master’s Programme in Sports and Exercise Science at the Texas University in the United States of America.
This feat adds to the steady progress as the athlete has chalked since winning the first Asante Akyem Marathon competition in 2017, an event that was organised by the then National Sports Authority Board Chairman, Hon Kwadwo Baah Agyemang.
Amponsah has since competed in international Marathon competitions including the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom as well as the Australia, China, Nigeria Marathons and many others.
The Marathon Champion has now become the face of Ghana showing dexterity and professional attitude on the tracks across the world.
Visiting the Ghana Digital Centers Limited Offices with his coaches and family members on Thursday evening, William Amponsah told this reporter that he was there to show appreciation to the CEO, Hon Kwadwo Baah Agyemang.
The sprinter said his steady rise in life began with the opportunity he gained after winning the 2017 Asante Akyem Marathon which was organised by Hon Baah Agyemang which gave him the opportunity to compete in Dubai as part of his package as the winner.
He noted that the opportunity opened him up to the world by building his confidence, adding that the exposure has served him well.
The Sprinter said the Akyem Marathon competition was where his talent was unearthed, adding that Hon Baah Agyemang has since given him support whenever it’s needed including pushing his visa application through to the US embassy to ensure he enrolls at the Texas University to pursue his dream course.
“I owe it all to Hon Kwadwo Baah Agyemang who unearthed me to the world in 2017 and for some of us we know him as a chief supporter to all Ghanaian athletes and sports persons. I am here today to personally present my sportswear to him and thank him as I leave the shores of Ghana to pursue my dream masters program in Texas University”, the sprinter stated.
In his succinct remarks, Hon Kwadwo Baah Agyemang said he was humbled by the show of appreciation by the Marathon Champion.
He noted that all he did in 2017 with the first Asante Akyem Marathon and subsequent ones that has been organised is to unearth hidden talents in the area of athletics and develop them to become national and world champions for the benefit of Ghana.
The CEO blessed the sprinter and urged him not to forget his humble beginning, never to deviate from his roots and concentrate on his study to become the best in the classroom and field.
“As you journey tonight to Texas know that some of us and the whole Ghana would be praying for you as we wish you the best in your endeavour”, Hon Agyemang said.
Story By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie,