Frederick Afrifa is an international sprinter who archived his dream of being a professional the “hard way”.
Balancing a university degree & pursuing athletics full time meant it took him twice as long as his peers to reach the international stage. His grit, determination and ability to keep moving forwards has ultimately paid off as he grows within athletics & speaking. His ambitions are now to participate in the Olympic Games.
Born in Milan, Italy, Frederick started his sporting life as an athletic footballer who quickly gained popularity within Lombardy region for his silky skills and lightning fast speed. He would regularly win school level races but never thought that athletics was his calling until he moved to London & was pushed to get into athletics by his P.E Teacher, Mr Silly, who was once a Togolese track and field athlete himself.
Frederick quickly found his feet in athletics winning gold at his first ever English Schools Championship, representing London in the 4×100 relay and the 200m sprint. He finished his first competitive season ranked 2nd in Italy and has since represented Italy at various international competitions. Fred kept moving forward and on his third attempt, managed to come home with 5 national medals from the Italian u23 national championships both indoors and outdoors.
Frederick has since graduated from university with a degree in according and french, proving that with the right balance, academic excellence and sporting dreams can coincide. He now spends a lot of time travelling to many schools across the U.K. to inspire children and young people with his entertaining and engaging assemblies.