Ben Sandford

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Ben Sandford
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Born12 March 1979 (1979-03-12) (age 41)
Rotorua, New Zealand

Ben Sandford (born 12 March 1979 in Rotorua) is a New Zealand skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He finished tenth in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He finished 11th at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Sandford's best finish at the FIBT World Championships was 3rd in the men's skeleton event at Lake Placid in 2012. With his bronze medal, Ben became the second person from the Southern Hemisphere to medal at the FIBT World Championships, after his uncle Bruce Sandford who won gold in the same event in 1992 in Calgary.

Due to his natural sporting talent, Sandford's introduction to Skeleton came after he led a Squash team representing Victoria University to an International University Squash Tournament held in Austria in 2002. The skeleton track was close to the host centre and Ben thought he would "give it a go."

Sandford was educated at Rotorua Boys' High School[1] and Victoria University of Wellington, where he graduated with bachelor's degrees in law and geography in 2002. He has served as an athlete representative to the New Zealand Olympic Committee since 2008 and the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2012.[2] At the 2014 Congress of the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobagganing Sandford was elected as the federation's Vice President for Legal Affairs, becoming the first person from Oceania to be elected to the FIBT's executive committee.[3]

Sandford was the New Zealand Labour Party's candidate for Rotorua at the 2017 general election,[4] but was unsuccessful. Sandford was also ranked 57 on Labour's party list for the election.[5]


  1. ^ "RBHS 'Old Boy" Ben Sandford makes the skeleton finals at the Sochi Winter Olympics" (PDF). Rotorua Boys' High School. February 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Ben Sandford". LinkedIn. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. ^ Simson-Woods, Aaron (7 June 2014). "2014 FIBT Congress Monaco". Sliding Sports Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Ben Sandford named Labour's Rotorua Candidate".
  5. ^ "Labour Party List for the 2017 Election announced". 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

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