Quick Facts

How acquired
Blood clot in spine
Physical Impairment – Incomplete paraplegia
Wheelchair Tennis
Date of Birth
August 29, 1984
Strathfield, NSW
Roadshow instructor
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012


David Hall, Gustavo Knerton

Career Highlights

Fourth at 2004 World Team Cup, second at 2002 Junior World Team Cup


Three-time Paralympian Ben Weekes is one of Australia’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis players for both singles and doubles. Ben broke into the top 10 for the first time in 2007, and since then has achieved consistent results to retain his position as one of the world’s best.

At 13, Ben remembers watching television when he started to feel pins and needles through his spine. What he described as a weird sensation turned out to be a blood clot developing, leading Ben to become an incomplete paraplegic.

With months of rehabilitation, Ben eventually learned to walk again with the aid of a walking stick, but turned his attention to wheelchair sports after watching Paralympic legend David Hall win gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Attracted to the fact that wheelchair tennis also caters to many different disabilities, Ben enrolled in the sport.

Although he initially struggled with his skills in moving a chair, Ben’s determination shined as he pushed through his barriers and quickly managed to improve his skills, especially warming to the mental and tactical aspects of the game.

Ben’s proudest moments have been representing his country, tasting his first success as a 17-year-old, leading the Australian junior team to second position at the World Team Cup in Italy. In his first Paralympic Games at Athens 2004 he won his first round singles match before going down at the next stage. The same year, he finished fourth at the World Team Cup in Italy.

He represented Australia at Beijing 2008, prior to recording a number of impressive tournament results. In a breakout 2009 season, Ben won the singles tournaments at the New Zealand Open and Melbourne Open, before proving more than competitive at a host of overseas events. His good form continued to see him become a finalist at the 2011 South African Open.

In his third Paralympic Games at London, Ben competed in the doubles event with Adam Kellerman. While he did not progress through to the finals, Ben made the 16th round and his sights firmly set on making up for the loss at his fourth Games next year.

Aside from his status as an accomplished tennis player, Ben is a trained pianist and composer. He has performed at the Sydney Opera House and the BarMe Cabaret Bar, along with making several recordings. He particularly loves playing and writing his own music. A fit and active individual, the Sydney resident also enjoys playing basketball and swimming.

The only sporty member of his family of four boys, including his identical twin brother, Ben is looking to do his family and country proud when he takes to the Paralympic tennis court again at the Rio 2016 Games.



Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Singles Classification: WT
  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Doubles Classification: WT