Ben Brown 5-15-09
Paralyzed or not Ben’s not backing down
May 15, 2009
Ben signs up at his local track, Loch Lomand in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada.What college do you go to and what are you studying?
I am about to graduate with a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation at the Nova Scotia Community College.
What do you plan to do when you’re done with school?
My goal is to become an adapted sports/recreation coordinator in a community close to my home; so children, youth and adults living with disabilities have equal recreational opportunities. I also want to make Canada's Men's Wheelchair Basketball team.
You seem to be into basketball, whose going to win the NBA Championship this year?
Honestly I am not much into able-body basketball only wheelchair basketball. I am more of a hockey fan since I used to play hockey and my pick for the Stanley cup is my team the Detroit Red Wings.
Are you currently on a basketball team?
I play for the Halifax Heat and Halifax Storm of the Maritime Wheelchair Basketball Association. Since this my second year of basketball period I’m still learning the game, but I’ve come a long way. My shooting has gotten better, my defense, court awareness, my speed has just picked up and I have always worked on my conditioning since I can be out there for 30-35 minutes of a 40 minute game. I enjoy it a lot.
Ben and Blair Morgan. How did you meet Blair Morgan?
I met Blair at the 2007 Riverglade Canadian Dirtbike National, which is about four hours from my house and always a good time. He’s a pretty cool guy.
Who is Anthony Purcell?
Anthony is a friend of mine who I consider my mentor. He has given me the opportunity to play wheelchair basketball and he’s shown me what it takes to be part of the national program.
Let’s say someone that just got paralyzed Googled their way into this very feature, now that you’ve been where they’re going for three years what would you say to him or her?
Don’t be afraid to push yourself. You will amaze yourself and others in what you can do. I also think these words are very powerful, “Don’t focus on what you can’t do, focus on what you can” - Dave Bailey
Why do you call yourself reconmaster in the ATV Scene forums?
Well I had a Honda 250 Recon that I pretty much replaced everything but the chassis components and rode it like a racer. I actually beat some guys on Banshees in competitions and jumped up to 30-35 feet on it….(laughing) hey Bam can you top that?
Any parting words?
Never back down from what you want to do in life.
Yes lots. I would like to thank my mom, dad, step dad, my friends and family, my wonderful girlfriend Ashley, Robert Simon at Xtreme Motorsports and Scott Lockhart for helping me get an electric shift on my quad, Todd Macke, Guy Sutton, Craig Suggs, Debbi Bartosek, Paul Turner, Rich Hetrick, Ross Dantonio, Jody Bateman, Stan Digby, Mitchell Shelton, Rick Stockton, Chad Wienen, Terri Green at Powermadd, Cole Townsend at Fasst Company, Kurtis Miller at Streamline, Lynn Cutsforth at Rox Speed FX, Christian Chambers at Moto X Nutrition, my basketball team Halifax Heat, my coach for wheelchair racing Ueli Albert, Andrew Vanhattem, Geoff Hennigar, Rick Balsor, Andrew Mckinnon for selling me my YFZ so I can ride and race after injury, the Nova Scotia Rehab staff, Nicole Schnare for selling me my first Rekluse clutch, Sue Tabor, Roger Toney, Kevin Keddy for helping me out around the farm and helping build my practice track, Brad Phillips at Premis, Dave Keddy at Valley Glass and Mirror, Mark at Mark’s Autobody, Derek and the guys at Valley Tire, Robin and Jacob Horsnell at Northridge Farms, Avery MacDonald for letting me race his sweet track at Loch Lomand, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and everyone who has helped me get on my YFZ, practiced with me and helped me in any way at the gym or at the track.
Know Ben Better...
Name: Ben Brown
Nickname: Racing Ben Brown
Birthdate: September 9, 1987
Home: Weston, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born in: Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupation: Student, soon to be employed in Therapeutic Recreation
Brothers, Sisters? Brother Nick
Racing #: 19
Current Quad: 2005 Yamaha YFZ 450
Sponsors: Ability Riders of Tomorrow, Big Daddy Motorsports, Blomidon Performance, Browns Equine Centre, Clutch Industries, Fasst Company, Fundy Xpress Transport, Hetrick Racing, ITP Tires, JB Racing, Mark’s Autobody, Moto X Nutrition, Northridge Farms, Powermadd, Premis, Protech Suspension, Ready Racing, Rekluse, Rick Balsor Welding, Rox Speed Fx , Streamline Braking, S&S Xtreme Motosport ,www.enduropilot.com, Vanhattem Hi-Tec Mechanical, Valley Glass & Mirror,Valley Tire, and Tabor Cycle and Service
What do you drive? 2000 Chevrolet S10
Must have ATV bolt on: Fasst Flex Handle bars, Powermadd Handguards and Rox Speed FX Pivot Risers
Magazine: ATV Sport, Quad and Dirtwheels
Restaurant: Subway, Wendy’s and Boston Pizza
Pets: dog Max
Laptop or PC? Both
Biggest Pet Peeve: Some peoples ignorance to what I can do because of my disability
Hottest Girl on Earth: Is it safe to answer? I am very happy to be with my girlfriend Ashley
Favorite Place on Earth: Redbud Motocross
Worst Place on Earth: Hamilton Trail also known as the Trail from Hell, also the emergency room sucks
Coolest thing you’ve won: When Doug Gust autographed a jersey for me, Chad Wienen signing a helmet for me and when I won the Karl Mitchell Memorial award for most dedicated ATV JR rider in the CMRC Atlantic region in 2006 while I was in rehab
Flicks? The Factory, Carpe Diem Movies, anything with quads, Will Ferrel, Friday the 13th
What’s usually on your TV? Family Guy or Premis Movies
What’s on your walls? Quads, Quads oh did I say Quads?
Who would you like to trade places with for a day? Any factory ATV racer or any member of Team Canada Wheelchair Basketball
My motto: Never back down, never give up and victory is reserved for those who want it the most and those who want it the most will do anything to get there!
What's in your bucket list? Make Team Canada Wheelchair Basketball, Place top 10 or better at a GNC and ramp a foam pit
First job: Farmer
Dinner: Steak, Caeser salad
Talent you would love to have: To be a better three-point shooter
Favorite athlete in another sport? Anthony Purcell in wheelchair basketball, he's who I consider my mentor and who I owe a lot to.
Favorite Sports Team(s): Detroit Redwings, Greenbay Packers, Calgary Flames and Toronto Argonauts (CFL)