After winning a brilliant silver at the Europeans and then being named 2021 Disability Sport Wales Athlete of the Year, Benjamin Pritchard hasn’t stopped smiling. Caroline Roberts catches up with him
On 11 April Benjamin Pritchard scooped a silver in the PR1 single sculls at the European Rowing Championships, coming second only to Roman Polianskyi, 2016 Paralympic champion and current world champion. The next day he was named as athlete of the year by Disability Sport Wales.
“It’s a huge honour!” says the 29-year-old. “I’m a very proud Welshman and Wales always comes first for me, so to be given a Welsh Sporting Award is really humbling, especially against the other finalists!”
Celebrating his April achievements with new beans from his favourite coffee roaster, Benjamin says: “I haven’t stopped smiling. Going through all the messages of support and congratulations I received really does make all the sacrifices we are making right now worth it! So, thank you everyone that’s been in my corner!”
Being able to compete on the water at the Europeans was “incredible” he says.(more…)