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Ben Tudhope - Snowboarding

Manly’s Ben Tudhope is a snowboarder who competed at the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the tender age of just 14 in Sochi and now wants a gold medal in PyeongChang.

He was not even five foot tall at the time of the competition but his performance in South-West Russia placed him tenth in the Men’s Para-Snowboard Cross.

The rising star of Australian sport will receive the opportunity of a lifetime as one of five of Australia’s brightest young stars to receive mentoring from five of Australia’s Hall of Fame members, as part of the 2018 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

In 2014 Tudhope became Australia’s and the World's youngest ever Winter Paralympian, and now the 17-year-old from Sydney has his sights set on Paralympic gold in PyeongChang in 2018.

“The most important thing for me is I truly love snowboarding,” Tudhope said.

“Snowboarding is part of my lifestyle and I love being on snow everyday – I don’t know where I would be without it.”

Tudhope will be mentored by former rugby union World Cup winner Nick Farr-Jones AM in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

“He is an Australian sporting legend,” Tudhope said of Farr-Jones.

 

Click here to read the 2018 Scholarship Media Release from 2017


 

Mentor:  Nick Farr-Jones AM

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