BIRTH DATESeptember 21, 1994
DISCIPLINEButterfly, Freestyle, 50m
The Performer“When I came into the world of swimming, it was not to meant to be a one trip wander, but to be the best sprinters in the world.”
With 31 international records including 16 Gold medals, sprinter Ben Proud is one of the fastest swimmers in the world.
Born in London and raised in Malaysia, Ben started swimming at the age of 15 as a butterfly specialist for a British international school in Malaysia. After finishing school, he moved back to the UK and joined the Plymouth Leander swimming club, where he switched his focus to freestyle.“It’s all about setting different challenges, working on big goals and learn to love the pain. You are going to war.”
His intense training in England led him to quickly moved up the ranks. In 2014, Ben burst onto the international swimming scene, claiming the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly Gold double at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In 2017, Ben rocked a new British record time of 22.75 in the 50m butterfly, becoming the first British man to feature on the World Championship podium since 2001.
Ben made a name for himself during 2018 European Championships. He blasted a 21.11 in the first semi of the 50m Freestyle, breaking his own national record and becoming the 3rd fastest performance of all time (in a textile suit). Ben ended the championship by clinching a stunning Gold in final.“It’s not only the physical abilities you have to work on. It’s all about mind of matter.”
Ben’s success in the pool is attributed not only to his physical strength, but also his powerful mindset.
Always striving to exceed his limits, Ben leans on the law of attraction and race visualization to fuel himself with positive energy and maintain high focus leading him to greater performances.