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TUDHOPE Ben
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Height1.70 m
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, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - University of Technology Sydney: Australia
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."
Club / Team
New South Wales Institute of Sport: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Par Sundqvist [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
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 two gold medals at the 2018 World Cup event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (paralympic.org, 08 Nov 2018)
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
In 2020 he received the Paralympic Athlete of the Year Award from Snow Australia. (snow.org.au, 12 May 2020)

He was Australia's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Milestones
At age 14 years and 91 days he became the youngest athlete to represent Australia at the Paralympic Winter Games when he competed at the 2014 Games in Sochi. He was also the youngest athlete from any nation to compete at the 2014 Games. Four years later he was again the youngest member of the Australian team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (foxsports.com.au, 06 Mar 2014; news.com.au, 16 Mar 2014; shore.nsw.edu.au, 01 Mar 2018; bentudhope.com, 01 Apr 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 19 Dec 2018)
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 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bentudhope.com, 16 Feb 2019)
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
COACH TRIBUTE
In November 2019, his coach Mikko Wendelin suddenly passed away one week short of the World Cup event in Pyha, Finland. He went on to win two gold medals which he dedicated to Wendelin. “Everything I do out here is for him and he's in my head every step of the way telling me what to do and how to ride. I just want to make him proud.” (paralympic.org, 13 May 2020)

TRIBUTE TO HERO
He has always considered late Australian Para snowboarder Matthew Robinson his role model. "I met him when I was 10 years old so it was at that crucial age of my development and I definitely learned a lot off him. He was the role model who really took me to the top level of the sport. We were teammates when I first joined the Australian Paralympic team. He was a team leader so everything that he did, we followed. He's definitely taught me a lot in my snowboarding. I love him and I love everything about him so it's great to live in his name. Every day I ride for Matty." (paralympic.org, 10 Mar 2019)

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 player 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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
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
4 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 51.33
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games
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
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
4 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 38.77
3 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired