Great Gidding skater Calum Titmus has been selected to represent Great Britain and to lead the British Special Olympics Figure Skating team to Vienna to compete in the Austrian Winter Games at the beginning of April. He will be looking to win back the title that he won as the first British Special Olympics figure skater two years ago.
Calum, age 20, will also be one of the senior British Inclusive skaters, that is any figure skater with an impairment, heading to Reykjavik, Iceland at the end of May 2014.
Gold and silver medal success
Calum, who is autistic with severe learning difficulties, has been the British Special Olympics Figure Skating Champion since 2012 and in 2013 became the first British Special Olympics Speed Skating Champion. He has also represented the East of England at swimming at the Bath 2013 British Special Olympics Summer Games, from which he brought home a gold and silver medal.
Calum is also heavily involved with Inclusive Skating. This is a charity that is trying to set up a family orientated group at each ice rink in the UK. This group will be for anyone with any visual, hearing, bio-mechanical or learning difficulty, along with family and carers who want to learn to skate. Please look out for local fundraising events for Calum and Inclusive Skating.
Calum attends Huntingdon Regional College and trains twice a week at Planet Ice in Peterborough. He also trains at the gyms in the One Leisure group and with the Piranhas Swimming Club in Huntingdon as well as the Peterborough Special Olympics Swimmimg Club.
A young man of many talents
His most recent successes are learning to dive, jumping off the 7.5 metre board and coming 1st in the Huntingdon Flipathon!
Well done Calum!