DOB: 27 September 1990
Hometown: Hout Bay, Cape Town
Height: 6’00” / 183cm
Weight: 181lbs / 82kg
Club: University of Cape Town Canoe Club
Coach: Petar Kartev
Paddle: Braca I min / Jantex Gamma Rio 219cm, Right-hand control
Boat: NELO Quatro L
Ben was born and raised in the Kwa Zulu Natal Midlands of South Africa where he began his promising kayaking career at the young age of 6. His interest in paddling continued to grow under the guidance of his father, Tim Biggs – 4 times Dusi Canoe Marathon winner and the first man to paddle all tributaries of the Amazon River. Ben attended St Charles College, Pietermaritzburg matriculating in 2008. It was here that he started to race more seriously both in sprinting and marathon disciplines, representing South Africa on four occasions between 2007-2008.
He then began his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree, graduating with first-class honours from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2013. Ben is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Engineering conducting research within the Urban Water Management Research Group focussing on sustainable urban water practices.
Ben now lives with his family in Hout Bay, a beautiful Cape Town suburb and enjoys kayaking, surfing, studying and spending time outdoors.
Although he enjoys competing in various paddling disciplines his focus remains on sprint kayaking, the ultimate goal – 2020 Olympic games.