Introduction

Ben became the first British visually impaired World Champion in 12 years in 2010.

He trains at the British Judo Performance Institute in Dartford and competes in the under 60kg category.  Since winning a bronze medal in the Men’s 60kg category at London 2012 Paralympic Games, Ben’s circumstances have changed and after surgery in November 2012 he has decided to retire from competition as he would need total commitment to compete at Rio 2016.  He still aims to be involved with disability sport in his role at the ParalympicsGB Athletics’ Commission.

Profile

Date of birth: 8 November 1981

Borough/District: Dartford

Club:  Dartford Judo Centre

Current ranking: GB No. 1 (under 60kg)

Career highlights

  • 2012: Bronze medal in the Men’s 60kg weight category at London 2012
  • 2012: Selected for ParalympicsGB at London 2012
  • 2011: Gold medal at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) VI World Games in Turkey (60kg)
  • 2010: Gold medal and named World Champion at the IBSA VI World Judo Championships (U60kg)
  • 2010: Gold medal at the IBSA Judo German Open in Heidelberg
  • 2008/2009: British Judo Award for Most Improved Paralympic Squad Player
  • 2008: 5th place at the Beijing Paralympic Games