Record breaking weightlifter Ben Ward from the Gold Coast is on a mission to compete at the 2017 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in his hometown.
The 17-year-old has only been competing in his sport since 2014 and will continue his development as part of the 2018 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program that provides support and funding for five of Australia’s brightest young sports stars.
Ward will prepare for Commonwealth Games qualifying with the help of former rugby great and 2006 Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee Tim Horan AM.
Ward previously played rugby league and competed in surf life saving before making the switch to weightlifting where he has already broken a 28 national records and 43 state records.
“I’m really excited to be a member of the scholarship and mentoring program, it’s a great acknowledgement to the work I have done so far,” Ward explained.
“Having access to someone like Tim Horan is invaluable and I will make the most of the time I can spend with him, and learn from his experiences.”
As at 2017 Ben is the number 1 youth and junior lifter in Australia.