Year Awarded: 2018
Sport: Snowboarding
Scholarship Holders

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



Ben Tudhope, speaking about his Mentor experience: 

When I applied for this scholarship, I didn’t really know what I was signing up for as I did not think in a million years I would win. It has been a dream come true working with Nick as my mentor as he has opened my eyes to elite sports in a totally new light.

He has taught me so much and I will take all the information for the rest of my career. Nick has become a true friend as well, we have a great relationship and can talk easily. I valued my time with Nick, and I know it is not going to end.”


Result, Honours & Awards
2019 (April) 2018/2019 Banked Slalom World Cup Champion
2018 (November) World Para Snowboard World Cup (Dubai UAE) - 2 x Golds Banked Slalom SB-LL2 (31.96 & 31.75), Fastest time on the indoor course (31.75)
2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games - 10th Snowboard Cross & 7th Banked Slalom
2018 World Cup Finals, Boarder Cross - 8th
2018 World Cup Finals, Banked Slalom - 4th
2017 Netherlands Europa World Cup - 3rd, 6th & 8th
2017 Finland Europa World Cup - 8th & 9th
2017 USA Dew Tour - 6th




Last updated 27.11.2018

Mentor:  Nick Farr-Jones AM

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