Ben

Fox

#15

Age: 26 years

Home Town: Swindon

Current Club: BSR Amiab Albacete (Spain)

Classification: 3.5

Twitter: @Ben_Fox23

Instagram: @Fox_Ben11

Biography

Already a keen amputee footballer, Ben found wheelchair basketball by chance on his way to watch his beloved Arsenal play Manchester United. It was during a stop at a service station on his way to Old Trafford when he was introduced to the sport by former GB international Sinclair Thomas.

After their chance meeting, Ben would make the two-hour journey from his hometown of Swindon to Wolverhampton to join his first wheelchair basketball session; the first of many after Ben quickly fell in love with the sport. Commencing his playing career at Wolverhampton Rhinos, Ben played competitively for both their Lord’s Taverners Junior League and Division 3 Teams.

A great start for his career, he moved onto Coventry’s CWBA in 2012 from where he joined the GB pathway as a junior player, earning his first junior GB international cap at the U23 World Championships in 2013. After taking a short break to focus on his education and career development, Ben returned to the GB Performance Programme in 2015.

In 2017, Ben and his junior team made history on the courts of Toronto as the first British team to win the U23 World Championship title. Earlier the same year the GB men’s team had already achieved the silver medal at the 2017 U22 European Championships.

It was during 2017 Ben made the decision to firmly focus on his international playing career and relocated to Sheffield to train full time at GB’s Elite Training Centre.

Despite undergoing major heart surgery in the build-up to the 2019 European Championships, Fox made his debut appearance for GB’s senior team at the Championships in Poland, winning European gold.

Major Results:

2021 Paralympic Games (2020), Tokyo, Japan – Bronze
2019 European Championships, Poland – Gold
2017 U23 World Championships, Toronto – Gold
2017 U22 European Championships – Silver

U23 World Championships - Ben Fox and Lewis Edwards