Manly’s Ben Tudhope was born with cerebral palsy, affecting coordination and muscle movement on the left side of his body but not affecting his incredible snowboarding ability.
Tudhope is a Paralympic snowboarder who became the World’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian competing at the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the tender age of just 14.
At the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, Ben became the 1st Australian to consecutively be the youngest on the team at two Paralympic Games.
Ben won the Crystal Globe in 2020 and is currently (13/07/2020) ranked overall 1st. Tudhope now has his eyes firmly set on the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games.
“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.”
Ben received the opportunity of a lifetime in 2018, when he was awarded a Scholarship from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and paired with former rugby union World Cup winner, Nick Farr-Jones as a Mentor.
“He is an Australian sporting legend,” Tudhope said of Farr-Jones.
“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.”
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020, March: 2 x Banked Slalom World Cup, La Molina Spain – Silver
- 2019/2020: Season Overall Crystal Globe Winner
- 2019, December: 2x Boardercross World Cup, Pyhä Finland – Gold
- 2019, November: Banked Slalom World Cup, Landgraaf Netherlands – Silver
- 2019, April: Boardercross World Cup, Klovsjo Sweden – Bronze
- 2019, March: 2 x Banked Slalom World Cup, La Molina Spain – Gold & Bronze
- 2019, March: 2 x Boardercross World Cup, La Molina Spain – Gold & Silver
- 2019, March: Boardercross World Championships, Pyha Finland – Silver
- 2018/19: Season Overall Banked Slalom Crystal Globe Winner
- 2018, December: Boardercross World Cup, Pyha Finland – Silver
- 2018, November: 2x Banked Slalom World Cup, Ski Dubai – Gold
- 2018, November: Banked Slalom World Cup, Landgraaf Netherlands – Bronze
- 2017, September: Banked Slalom NZ Winter Games/ World Cup – Silver
- 2016, January: Boardercross, X Games Aspen USA – Bronze
- 2014: Sochi Winter Paralympics Closing ceremony Flag Bearer
(Australia’s youngest ever flag bearer – Olympics or Paralympics)
Last updated 13/07/2020