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.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He was Australia's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
In November 2019, his coach Mikko Wendelin suddenly passed away one week short of the World Cup event in Pyha, Finland. He went on to win two gold medals which he dedicated to Wendelin. “Everything I do out here is for him and he's in my head every step of the way telling me what to do and how to ride. I just want to make him proud.” (paralympic.org, 13 May 2020)
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)
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)
|Men's Para Snowboard Cross Standing||Final Round||2014-03-14||10|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Race 1||2015-02-24||10|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Race 1||2015-02-28||8|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Race 1||2017-02-04||9|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Race 1||2017-02-07||8|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Final||2018-03-12||10|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Final||2018-03-16||7|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Race 1||2019-03-27||4|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Race 1||2019-03-30||2|