Ben is Australia’s worst injured survivor of the 2002 Bali Bombings Terrorist Attacks, losing both his legs, most of his stomach muscles and received 63% full thickness burns to his body. He was given a 5% chance of survival. Not only did he fight on and survive his horrific injuries, Ben’s inspiring ‘never say die’ attitude saw him learn to walk again on two prosthetic legs and start playing golf.
Ben currently volunteers for Empower Golf Australia, running the Empower Golf Queensland division which facilitates and promotes Golf for less able Australians by making the impossible possible with an all-terrain revolutionary mobility device. This helps manoeuvre individuals, particularly quadriplegics and paraplegics, but also amputees, the deaf, the blind, those with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, vision impairments, etc into a standing position to replicate a full Golfing experience.
Ben has been awarded a multitude of awards from the 2006 Pride of Australia Medal for Courage, 2008 Gold Coast Citizen of the Year, he graced the cover of the 2010 Gold Coast White Pages as a Courageous Australian, and was named 2016 Queensland Father of the Year as well as being a Finalist in the 2016 United Nations Volunteer Awards.
More recently, Ben has been an advocate for the caravan and camping industry as a participant in Let’s Go Caravan & Camping Follow the Sun Relay with his wife Kerrie and kids Sheridan and Rory.
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