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TUDHOPE Ben
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age18
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Height1.70 m
Weight 66 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2009 at Mount Hotham, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to snowboarding by his sister Annabel. "I love the adrenaline it gives you. You always feel pumped on a snowboard ready to do anything that comes in your way. Competing really just came with snowboarding. I didn't really set out one day and say I want to compete."
Name of coach
Lukas Prem [national], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Benny, Tuddy (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Board sports, freeriding, hiking. (bouncefoods.com, 10 Oct 2017; Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the snowboard cross adaptive event at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Lukas Prem. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para snowboarder Matthew Robinson. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want something bad enough, then you adapt. No matter how much it hurts physically and emotionally." (bouncefoods.com, 10 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
He was Australia's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives
His sister Annabel has competed on the World Snowboard Tour and his other sister Phoebe has competed for Australia in moguls in freestyle skiing. (FIS, 31 Aug 2013; worldsnowboardtour.com, 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and be ranked number one in the world. (paralympic.org, 26 Mar 2016)
Impairment
He had a stroke while in the womb, which resulted in paralysis on the left side of his body. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016)
Other information
RUGBY MENTOR
In October 2017 the Sport Australia Hall of Fame [SAHOF] Scholarship and Mentoring Programme announced that he was to be mentored by former Australian rugby union international Nick Farr-Jones. "One of the areas I'm very excited about is Nick sharing his thoughts on the mechanisms of being a great athlete, how he coped with and managed competitions. He is an Australian sporting legend." (paralympic.org, 06 Oct 2017)

YOUNG PARALYMPIAN
At age 14 he became Australia's youngest winter Paralympian when he competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was also the youngest athlete from any nation to compete at the 2014 Games. (foxsports.com.au, 06 Mar 2014; news.com.au, 16 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
8 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:32.36
9 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
8 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:10.00
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:56.84
10 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
7 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 51.68
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
7 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:00.14
4 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
7 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
8 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:07.02
4 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:16.44