National record best reward for hard work

Swimmer Ben Popham’s strong performances have clinched him the national 100m |breaststroke 13-and-under record. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413676
Swimmer Ben Popham’s strong performances have clinched him the national 100m |breaststroke 13-and-under record. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413676

The 13-year-old Marmion resident has cerebral palsy and competes in the SB7 (breaststroke) classification for people with disabilities.

Swimmers who have disabilities are classified according to the extent of their disability, with classification 1 for swimmers most affected by their disability and 10 the least.

Ben said cerebral palsy affected his speed and power, but he did not let it hold him back.

‘I compete in all strokes and my favourite stroke is freestyle,’ he said.

‘I have been to five interstate events, including age nationals twice, and I hold an Australian age record.’

Ben, who attends St Stephens in Duncraig, said winning the record was exciting and he was proud of his achievement.

As the 2012 and 2013 Western Australia Disabled Sports Association junior sports star, Ben hopes to continue his success by competing in the Paralympics.