Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Left side cerebral palsy hemiplegia
Sport
Snowboarding
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
December 13, 1999
Home
Manly, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2013
Games Experience

Sochi 2014

Heroes

Matt Robinson

Career Highlights

Placing third in the Snowboard Cross Adaptive at the 2016 Winter X Games in Colorado, USA

Greatest Moment

Bearing the flag at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Bio

As Australia’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian and the youngest of all athletes competing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, Ben Tudhope showed maturity beyond his years when he achieved a 10th place finish in a field of 33 in the men’s Snowboard Cross – in between soaking up media attention from all over the world as Australia’s teen wonder.

Manly local Ben, who has cerebral palsy hemiplegia on his left side, first began snowboarding in 2010, making his international debut just three years later to qualify for Sochi.

Following his stellar Games debut, where he was also named the Australian Paralympic Team’s Closing Ceremony flagbearer, Ben was invited to compete at the 2015 Winter X Games in Colorado, USA, where he finished 11th in the Snowboard Cross Adaptive. A monumental achievement for any winter sport athlete, he returned the following year to place third in the same event, a moment which ranks among the highlights of his still very early career.

Inspired by his coach Lukas Prem and the late Australian Para-snowboarder Matt Robinson, Ben looks set to return to the Paralympic stage in 2018.

Competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Test Event in early 2017, he set up a bronze medal showdown in Snowboard Cross with Japan’s Gurimu Narita, eventually coming in fourth. Ben also began the 2017/18 season with a bang, claiming his first podium finish at the IPC Snowboard World Cup in Treble Cone, New Zealand, where he placed second in the Banked Slalom. Setting himself up well for a strong next season on the snow, Ben’s ultimate career goal is to win a Paralympic medal and be world number one.

Looking to take a gap year after graduating from the Sydney Church of England Grammar School at the end of 2017, Ben enjoys paddleboarding, skateboarding and surfing in his spare time. His favourite movies are the Star Wars saga and his favourite TV show is Ex on the Beach.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Banked Slalom Classification: SB-LL2
  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Snowboard Cross Classification: SB-LL2