Ben Tudhope voted Allianz Athlete of the Month

Snowboarder dedicated World Cup victories to late coach 20 Jan 2020
Male snowboarder celebrates after crossing finishline
Ben Tudhope dedicated his wins at the Pyha World Cup to his coach Mikko Wendelin
ⒸJanne Lipsanen

Australia’s Ben Tudhope rounds off the 2019 Allianz Athlete of the Month after being voted the top performer for December. 

The 20-year-old snowboarder won a pair of gold medals in the snowboard-cross races at the World Cup in Pyha, Finland. He dedicated his wins to his coach Mikko Wendelin, who passed away just a week before.

Tudhope received 43 per cent of the public votes. Chinese goalballer Mingyuan Yang (28 per cent) finished ahead of Japanese goalballer Haruka Wakasugi (26 per cent). Norwegian cross-country skier Vilde Nilsen and Moroccan blind football player Zouhair Snisla were also nominated.  


The 2019 winners are:

January – Jeroen Kampschreur, NED, alpine skiing

February – Yujie Li, CHN, taekwondo

March – Lisa Bunschoten, NED, snowboard

April – Michael Roeger, AUS, athletics

May – Koji Sugeno, JPN, wheelchair tennis

June – Antoni Ponce, ESP, swimming

July – Silvia Biasi, ITA, sitting volleyball

August – Peter Pal Kiss, HUN, canoe

September – Alice Tai, GBR, swimming

October – Barbara Moskal, POL, shooting

November – Shaun Norris, AUS, wheelchair basketball

December – Ben Tudhope, AUS, snowboard