Date of Birth:
26 January 1994
- Ice Skating
Calum is autistic, with epilepsy and severe learning difficulties.
Calum Titmus from Great Gidding, near Peterborough, competes several times each year in the Special Olympic Figure Skating Championships. Over the last few years he has competed alongside competitors from Iceland, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Russia, Finland and Canada. Calum has won many Gold Medals at National and International level in three different sports.
From 8th – 10th April 2016 Calum took part in the Inclusive Skating and Special Olympic competition at Braehead Curling Arena, near Glasgow. Calum won gold medals for compulsory elements and free skating, and brought home a gold medal in the ice dance. Well done, Calum!
More recently, In December 2016 Calum and his family travelled to Canada to take part in the first Canadian Inclusive Skating competition. Calum wowed the audiences and won a gold medal in each discipline he entered, including Compulsory Elements, Free Skating and Pattern Dance. Not satisfied enough with this, Calum also took part in the World Figure Festival, where he won a gold medal in both the inside and outside edge figure of 8 categories. What makes this particular achievement so special is that at the figures festival Calum skated on black ice, information that he had not previously known.
Calum took part in the British Rowing Indoor Championships in December, 2016 representing Peterborough City Rowing Club. He won gold in the RSS LD category but not only that, he retained his title from 2015 and did so by beating his own national record by nearly 10 seconds!
Figure Skating as a Special Olympics sport was brought to Britain for the first time in 2012, and last year Speed Skating was added to the event. Calum entered the Speed Skating event at three distances, winning Gold in each race, and is now the first British Special Olympics Speed Skating Champion, as well as holding the title of Special Olympic Figure Skating Champion for several Special Olympic Games to date.
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 Swimming Club (SOGS). He represented the Eastern Region region in the National Special Olympics Games in Bath in August 2016 as a swimmer, winning a gold and silver medal.
Calum’s next challenges will be skating at the Special Olympic World Winter Games in Graz, Austria in March 2017, and the Inclusive Skating International Championships in Glasgow, along with an indoor rowing competition in Birmingham in April 2017. Good luck Calum, from all of us at Inspire Peterborough!
Update– Recently Calum won a Gold medal, for the third time, at the British Rowing Indoor Championships. He achieved a personal best time of 7:27.6 for 2000m. This was the first time that disabled athletes have rowed over 2000m, reflecting the change in the Paralympics distance.
What an incredible athlete!