Page back
ROWLINGS Ben
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthShrewsbury, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2010.
Why this sport?
He switched from Para swimming to Para athletics at age 15. "I found out I was allergic to chlorine, so swimming was obviously not the best sport for me! I used to come out of the pool sneezing, with bloodshot eyes. So I left swimming aged 15, then athletics coach Job King took me to an athletics talent identification day, and since then I've just got better and better."
Club / Team
Coventry Godiva Harriers [ENG] / University of Stirling [SCO]:
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Ian Mirfin [personal], from 2017
General Interest
Nicknames
Big Ben (benrowlings.com, 10 Oct 2014)
Most influential person in career
His family. (benrowlings.com, 10 Oct 2014
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (benrowlings.com, 10 Oct 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before every race he listens to music to pump himself up. (benrowlings.com, 10 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fail to prepare, prepare to fail." (cpteensuk.org, 09 Jul 2014)
Other sports
He competed in Para swimming at junior national level from age 11 to 15. (Facebook page, 09 May 2017)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, after his umbilical cord was wrapped twice around his neck, constricting blood flow to the brain. "It affects all four of my limbs, my legs mainly. The messages from my brain do not reach my arms and legs properly, which causes problems with things like spatial awareness. My legs are in constant cramp due to my muscles always being tight. This makes walking around difficult so I use a wheelchair to get about." (cpteensuk.org, 09 Jul 2014; benrowlings.com, 10 Oct 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 100m T34 17.30
Round 1 2016 800m T34 1:48.08
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 400m T34 55.83
4 2015 800m T34 1:47.23
Heats 2015 100m T34 17.18
7 2015 200m T34 29.63
5 2017 400m T34 54.34
6 2017 800m T34 1:47.47
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 100m T34 17.31
3 2014 800m T34 1:56.11
4 2014 400m T34 58.76
3 2016 400m T34 54.41
3 2016 100m T34 16.67
3 2016 800m T34 1:49.14
4 2018 100m T34 17.00
2 2018 400m T34 55.92
2 2018 800m T34 1:52.95