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00:00:00
>> Sive Speelman is determined to be the first black South African skier to compete at the Winter Olympics.>> Being out in the snow and skiing being a very rare thing in South Africa, that really motivates me.>> Especially as he was previously barred by his own Games committee.
00:00:20
>> Speelman looking towards the Pyeongchang event, after Olympic organizers invited him to the last games as a so called borderline competitor. That chance went when South Africa's Olympic Committee declined to send him. Saying he did not meet the required standard. The body said it had an obligation to the nation to use only it's best sports people.
00:00:42
The stance was criticized at the time as a wasted opportunity to showcase snow sports to a wider audience in the country and it left Speelman devastated. But now, the 22-year-old has qualified for Pyeongchang and is hopeful South Africa will back his bid so he can inspire local youngsters.
00:00:59
>> I think I'm a good role model to the younger kids. Cuz being at the Youth Olympics and qualifying for Sochi in 2014 I saw a difference within the community where we live. There's more children wanting to take part in the sport. And through the development program, kids are really really inspired.
00:01:17
>> Speelman has been practicing hard ahead of the Olympics finishing 20th in the Turkish National Championship Slalom Competition last week. A final decision on whether he can take part at Pyeongchang is likely to be made next month.