Last year Ben broke the British record for 50m butterfly stroke at the British Gas Swimming Championships, where he took gold. He also secured silver for the 100m race. He won silver at The European Junior Championships; silver for the 50m freestyle and bronze for the 100m freestyle at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. The BBC quoted his coach, Jon Rudd, as saying he is, ‘the fastest 18-year-old boy of all-time worldwide.’
Talking about the evening, Ben said, ‘I feel privileged to be named Plymouth Herald Amateur Sports Personality of the Year tonight. Thank you University of St Mark & St John for the support you have given me this past year.’
Ben is currently studying FdA Sports Developing & Coaching and is one the University’s elite sport scholars.
The University was the title sponsor for the Plymouth Herald Sports Personality of the Year and saw many other of its stars get into the finals. Jemma Rose, another of the University’s elite sport scholars was shortlisted for Sports Personality of the Year. Jemma is a professional footballer who is currently studying BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science for Coaching. She has played for the Bristol Academy, Birmingham City Ladies and captained the Under 17s England team. She won FA Young Player of the Year in 2011, won gold with Team GB at the World Student Games, Russia 2013, and now plays football with the Senior England team.
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