A world record holder and now he can call himself a Paralympian, Benjamin Hance (S14) is one of the most exciting multi-class backstroke swimmers in Australia.
His superb performance at Trials in Adelaide earlier this month saw the young USC Spartan become the world’s fastest athlete in the Men’s 100m Backstroke (S14), after blitzing the field in a time of 57:56.
Looking ahead to his Dolphins debut, and reflecting on receiving his ticket to Tokyo, Hance said the excitement and thrill of making his first Paralympics hasn’t sunk in yet.
“You have a cap with your name on it, in gold, representing Australia,” he said.
“It’s a real honour to be on the team.”
He credits his preparation and determination to improve with every training session as the reason he’s been able to qualify in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly in the S14 classification.
“I love the competition,” he said.
“I train hard every day. I put my body through gruelling pain, so the racing part is easy. I know I have done everything possible to succeed.”
Speaking to Swimming Australia at the Para GP in Brisbane, Hance said it will be an incredible feeling to don the green and gold and says he wouldn’t be where he is today without the support of his mum and coach.
Training under Nathan Doyle in Queensland, the young athlete is one of
six USC Spartan swimmers to make the team, with Katja Dedekind, Keira Stephens, Ruby Storm, Braedan Jason and Blake Cochrane also securing their tickets to Tokyo.
“He’s a very sensational coach,” Hance said.
“At training, there is always something I can be better at and that’s why at the moment I’m consistently getting better.
“I always knew I would be here because I train hard.”
Good luck in Tokyo, Ben!