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Benjamin Ellis

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
T45, F45

Further personal information

Residence
Wellington, NZL
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at high school in New Zealand.
Why this sport?
“I got into throwing a discus when I was in year nine [at school]. I hated it at first, but I kept at it because I was inspired by a Liam Malone speech at school. [After] I won the regionals I thought I might as well have a crack at the North Island [championships]. I won that too and started to like it.”

General interest

Nicknames
Ben (Facebook profile, 19 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Athlete with a Disability of the Year at St. Patrick's College in Wellington, New Zealand. (collegesportmedia.co.nz, 07 Nov 2017; collegesport.org.nz, 24 May 2018)
Impairment
He has Beals syndrome, which causes abnormal bone and aortic enlargement problems. "I can't extend my arm like a normal person and struggle with basic flexion in my legs. I basically walk on my toes, which gets painful after a while but I have grown used to it." (collegesportmedia.co.nz, 07 Nov 2017)