Ben
Simons

Place of birthShrewsbury

Age30
Height6' 1"
Weight92kg

Ben joined GB Bobsleigh in 2012 after seeing a Talent ID poster on a noticeboard at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). An avid skier, Ben comes from an athletics background having initially specialised in the long jump and triple jump while competing for Telford Athletics Club. He concentrated predominantly on sprinting during his time at UWIC, winning the Welsh Championships over 60m and representing Wales at both the 100m and the 4x100m relay.

Ben competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, placing 19th for GB2 alongside Lamin Deen, John Baines and Andy Matthews, and went on to finish fifth in the 2015 World Championships in Winterberg with Deen, Matthews and Bruce Tasker.

He was part of the Accelerated Driver Programme and and competed as a pliot and a brakeman in 2015/16. He featured in both the 2-man and 4-man competitions in the 2016 World Championships in Igls, pushing Brad Hall to 17th in the 2-man and being on track for a medal alongside Deen, Tasker and Joel Fearon in the 4-man before a crash in Run 3 saw them finish 22nd.

He competed at his fourth World Championships in February 2017 when he placed 21st with Deen, Baines and Matthews in Konigssee and was involved in all six World Cup races post Christmas 2016.

Ben in his own words...

  • Nickname: Semtex
  • Most likely to be spotted: exploring the wilderness
  • Least likely to be found: in an office
  • Me in three: T N T
  • Hero: Linford Christie. Watching him win gold in Barcelona in 1992 is my earliest Olympic memory
  • Random fact: Prince Phillip once implied I was too scrawny!
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd be in coaching or sport science, or I’d be a painter and decorator, which was something I did before bobsleigh to make ends meet
  • Career highlights: competing at the Sochi Olympics and finishing fifth at the 2015 World Championships