On talent alone, freestyle specialist Ben Popham has what it takes to become one of his country’s Para-swimming greats.

Ben, who has diplegic cerebral palsy, was seven when his physiotherapist gave him two choices – Para-equestrian or Para-swimming. As fate would have it, he chose the pool, and spent the next decade working towards selection to the Australian Para-swimming team.

That call-up would come at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships. Ben exploded onto the world stage as only a star knows how, with dual gold in the men’s 100m freestyle S8 and men’s 4x100m freestyle 34 Points, alongside Paralympic teammates Matthew Levy, Timothy Disken and Rowan Crothers.

And it was no fluke, either. Competing at last September’s World Para-swimming Championships in London, England, Ben won three of the Australian team’s 23 medals – silver in the men’s 100m freestyle S8, and bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle S8 and …

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Date of birth
4 September 2000
Sport
Para-swimming
Past Paralympic Games

Nil

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Diplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Marmion, WA
Occupation
Athlete, student
Started competing
2010
First competed for Australia
2018
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the men’s 100m freestyle S8 at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Cairns, QLD

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley, Katrina Porter, Katherine Downie

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle Classification: S8

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