Ben Tudhope – Snowboarder and STEPtember Ambassador
Ben is Australia’s youngest ever winter paralympian. At only 14-years-old, he was the youngest member of the Australian Team and the youngest athlete at the entire 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games.
Ben showed maturity beyond his years when he put down three world-class runs to land 10th place in the snowboard cross. Having achieved his goal for the Games, Ben was named the Australian Flag Bearer for the Closing Ceremony and soaked up media attention from all over the world.
Ben cites his sister Annabel and snowboard coach Pete Higgins as the most influential people in his short snowboarding career.
Ben was born with cerebral palsy. He has left-sided hemiplegia which affects his strength and coordination on his left side. He lives with his family on Sydney’s northern beaches and has been a client of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s since he was one year old.
Ben says being an Ambassador for STEPtember enables him to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance assist other kids just like him.
‘I know they are pretty proud of my achievements in Sochi but I also know they are proud of me as I lead a healthy life, love being outdoors and keeping fit’, Ben said. ‘I am so glad to be chosen to be an Ambassador for STEPtember alongside gold medal Olympian Kerri Pottharst. She is a wonderful Australian sporting champion and a really nice person.
‘Money raised during STEPtember will help provide things like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy – the sort of help I have benefited from over the years – and many other services and equipment desperately needed by people with cerebral palsy.
‘The best thing about STEPtember is that anyone can sign up – just grab some friends and form a team of four, and get active for the month of September. 10,000 steps a day will make you feel great!’
Ben is doing STEPtember with his family and friends, and is also inspiring his school mates at Shore to take part. For more information about STEPtember go to www.steptember.org.au
Released on 31 Jul 2014