Ben Tudhope has been named Snow Australia’s 2020 Paralympic Athlete of the Year after producing his best season to date, winning two gold and three silver World Cup medals and crowned Crystal Globe champion.
Hailing from Manly, the NSWIS snowboarder had a decorated 2019/20 season, and was arguably Australia’s best athlete on the World Para Snowboard World Cup circuit.
Tudhope’s performance on the world stage was inspirational after the sudden passing of his coach and mentor Mikko Wendelin at the start of the season. He went on to honour Mikko the best way he knew how – consistently strong performances in each of his World Cups.
Tudhope was extremely honoured to be recognised as the 2020 Snow Australia Paralympic Athlete of the Year.
“This is such an incredible title to have – I’m overwhelmed with joy right now,” Tudhope said.
“It’s just amazing to see how far my career has come and to be honoured with this achievement just really puts me at the top of my game.”
“This season was hectic – one for the memory books definitely but I just tried to keep my composure and consistently get those good results.”
Snow Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Kennedy said he felt extremely proud to announce Ben as the Athlete of the Year (Paralympic Disciplines).
“I could only watch Ben in awe this season – he went from strength to strength and captured the hearts of many along the way as he faced a season without his coach and mentor,” Kennedy said.
“But he embodied what it means to come back stronger and I know Mikko would be extremely proud of his achievements this season.
“Ben is still so young and I look forward to seeing what he can achieve in the years to come.”
Tudhope follows athletes Belle Brockhoff and Josie Baff as winners at this year’s Snow Australia Awards.