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Ben Tudhope

Ben Tudhope

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Ben Tudhope is having the best season of his young career. The 19-year-old has been on fire since coming off his second Paralympic Game at PyeongChang 2018, where he took top-10 finishes in both snowboard-cross and banked slalom races.

Tudhope won both banked slalom races at the World Cup season opener in Dubai, UAE. It was the teenager’s first career win on the World Para Snowboard circuit. Further podium finishes this season have positioned him for a medal in the men’s SB-LL2 category at the 2019 World Championships in Pyha, Finland.

Tudhope was arguably one of the biggest surprises of Sochi 2014, where he was only 15 years old. He finished among the top 10 riders in the men’s snowboard-cross despite being the youngest competitor, a performance that earned him the role of flag bearer for Australia at the Closing Ceremony.

Tudhope just missed his first podium finish in the 2016-17 season, taking fourth in snowboard-cross at the PyeongChang 2018 Test Event.

He was invited to compete at the 2015 Winter X Games in Aspen, USA, where he finished 11th in the Snowboarder X Adaptive event. The following year, he reached the podium with third.

He took up snowboarding at age eight after his sister Annabel, who competed on the World Snowboard Tour. His other sister Phoebe competed for Australia in moguls.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2

Further personal information

Residence
Manly, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - University of Technology Sydney: Ultimo, NSW, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2009 at Mount Hotham, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to snowboarding by his sister Annabel. "I love the adrenaline it gives you. You always feel pumped on a snowboard ready to do anything that comes in your way. Competing really just came with snowboarding. I didn't really set out one day and say I want to compete."
Name of coach
Lukas Prem [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Benny, Tuddy (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Board sports, freeriding, hiking. (bouncefoods.com, 10 Oct 2017; Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2018 World Cup event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (paralympic.org, 08 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Lukas Prem. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para snowboarder Matthew Robinson. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want something bad enough, then you adapt. No matter how much it hurts physically and emotionally." (bouncefoods.com, 10 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
He was Australia's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Milestones
At age 14 years and 91 days he became the youngest athlete to represent Australia at the Paralympic Winter Games when he competed at the 2014 Games in Sochi. He was also the youngest athlete from any nation to compete at the 2014 Games. Four years later he was again the youngest member of the Australian team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (foxsports.com.au, 06 Mar 2014; news.com.au, 16 Mar 2014; shore.nsw.edu.au, 01 Mar 2018; bentudhope.com, 01 Apr 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 19 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His sister Annabel has competed on the World Snowboard Tour and his other sister Phoebe has competed for Australia in moguls in freestyle skiing. (FIS, 31 Aug 2013; worldsnowboardtour.com, 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bentudhope.com, 16 Feb 2019)
Impairment
He had a stroke while in the womb, which resulted in paralysis on the left side of his body. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Other information
RUGBY MENTOR
In October 2017 the Sport Australia Hall of Fame [SAHOF] Scholarship and Mentoring Programme announced that he was to be mentored by former Australian rugby union player Nick Farr-Jones. "One of the areas I'm very excited about is Nick sharing his thoughts on the mechanisms of being a great athlete, how he coped with and managed competitions. He is an Australian sporting legend." (paralympic.org, 06 Oct 2017)

TRIBUTE TO HERO
He has always considered late Australian Para snowboarder Matthew Robinson his role model. "I met him when I was 10 years old so it was at that crucial age of my development and I definitely learned a lot off him. He was the role model who really took me to the top level of the sport. We were teammates when I first joined the Australian Paralympic team. He was a team leader so everything that he did, we followed. He's definitely taught me a lot in my snowboarding. I love him and I love everything about him so it's great to live in his name. Every day I ride for Matty." (paralympic.org, 10 Mar 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Para Snowboard Cross Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 10
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-24 10
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-28 8
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 9
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 8
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 10
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 7
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 4
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 2