PyeongChang: It’s hard to find another 18-year-old with the same maturity and the sound perspective on life as snowboarder Ben Tudhope.
He speaks with contagious enthusiasm and a beaming smile. This campaign in PyeongChang is not even his first Paralympics. Four years ago in Sochi, when Tudhope was not long into teenage hood, he made his debut as the youngest of all competitors in Russia.
Tudhope also has cerebral palsy, hemiplegia on his left side. His impairment affects his speech but, make no mistake, he gets his message across when engaged in conversation.
It was in Sochi – aged just 14 and three months – when Tudhope produced a stunning performance in his snowboard cross category, finishing 10th out of 33 competitors. Rightfully, Tudhope was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag at the closing ceremony.
He’s back for the same event, as well as the banked slalom. Tudhope will hit the slopes at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre on Monday for the snowboard cross.