November 9, 1980 |
Cranbrook, British Columbia
In Seville, Spain 2002 he was a member of the first ever Canadian Men's 8+ crew to win a Gold Medal at a World Championship regatta. He accomplished this task two more times in 2003 and 2007 in Milan, Italy, and Munich, Germany.
His Olympic results include a disappointing fifth-place finish in the men's 8+ at the 2004 Athens Olympics. However, after hard fought 4 year comeback, Ben and his teammates Andrew Byrnes, Kyle Hamilton, Malcolm Howard, Adam Kreek, Kevin Light, Dominic Sieterle, Jake Wetzel and cox Brian Price won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
In 2006 he was the recipient of the Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy an award presented by the University of British Columbia to the graduating male athlete who best combines the qualities of leadership and sportsmanship.
In 2006 he combined with former Canadian National Team rower Robert Weitemeyer as well as varsity athletes Stephane Gervais, Robert Miller and Kevin Johns to capture the overall Men's Championship for Storm the Wall, a relay race held annually at the University of British Columbia, widely considered as the largest intramural event in North America.
Ben attended Mount Baker Secondary School located in Cranbrook, B.C.
- The Canadian Press (2008-08-18). "Gold in Men's Eight, Bronze in Women's Double, Men's Four". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
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