Ben Tudhope became Australia’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian when he was selected for Sochi 2014 at the age of just 14. In fact, Tudhope was the youngest competitor from any nation at those Games.

The Sochi experience was a great launching pad for the Sydneysider, who won his first international medal, a silver in the men’s banked slalom SB-LL2 at the 2017-2018 World Cup in Treble Cone, New Zealand. 

Earlier in 2017, Tudhope had become part of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, which included being mentored by former Australian rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones.

Primed for success at the PyeongChang 2018 Games, just 2.17 seconds stood between Tudhope and his first Paralympic medal. He clocked 51.68 in the men’s banked slalom SB-LL2, while Matti Suur-Hamari (FIN), the bronze medallist, completed the course in 49.51.

Tudhope, who trains at Perisher and says he loves all sorts …

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Date of birth
13 December 1999
Past Paralympic Games

Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018, Beijing 2022

Physical Impairment – Left hemiplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Manly, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Placing third in the men’s snowboard cross adaptive event at the 2016 Winter X Games in Colorado, USA, and winning overall IPC Crystal Globe in 2020

Greatest sporting moments

Being the Australian flag bearer at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony

Heroes/role models

Matt Robinson and Mikko Wendelin

Favourite quote
If you want something badly enough, then you adapt - no matter how much it hurts physically and emotionally


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