Quick Facts

Cerebral palsy diplegia
How acquired
Date of Birth
December 13, 1999
Manly, NSW
School student
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Sochi 2014


Matt Robinson

Career Highlights

Making the Australian squad, finishing 10th at Sochi 2014, carrying the Australian flag in the Sochi Closing Ceremony

Greatest Moment

Placing 10th at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games


For 15-year-old Ben Tudhope, his sisters are a major source of inspiration, but after a stellar Paralympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, they may now be turning to him for some inspiration.

As the youngest member of the Australian Team and the youngest athlete at the entire Sochi Games, Ben showed maturity beyond his years when he put down a run to land himself 10th place in the snowboard cross. Having achieved his goal for the Games, Ben was named the Australian Flag Bearer for the Closing Ceremony and when he wasn’t competing, soaked up media attention from all over the world.

Citing his snowboard coach Lukas Prem and the late Matt Robinson as the most influential people in his snowboarding career, Ben has quickly made a name for himself. At his first World Cup at the age of 13, Ben was so much smaller than others competing that international staff, athletes and coaches assumed he was someone’s little brother. Coming in at fourth place, Ben proved that no matter how young or small he might be, he is a force to be reckoned with.

Ben was born with cerebral palsy hemiplegia but his disability which has caused partial paralysis on his left side has not stopped him from participating in the sport he loves. Growing up in a family of snow lovers, he took up snowboarding in 2009 and within just a few years, competed for Australia for the first time at the 2013 European Cup, finishing sixth.

Like any teenage boy, Ben loves the movies Taken and Anchorman and listens to pump up music before going down the mountain to get himself in the zone. Outside of snowboarding, he lists paddleboarding and skateboarding as two of his favourite hobbies.

While Ben already has a stellar career behind him, he has his eye firmly set on the ultimate prize – winning a Paralympic gold medal and becoming world number one.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Snowboard Classification: SB-LL