Ice skater Calum takes gold at Special Olympics

EIGHTEEN-year-old figure skater Calum Titmus, from Great Giddings near Sawtry, is back home after winning gold for Great Britain at the Special Winter Olympics in Vienna, Austria.

After two days of competition against skaters from Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Iceland and the home country, Titmus was awarded the gold medal in the Level 3 men’s event. He is the first-ever British skater to win a medal at any Special Olympics.

“Figure skating has been a Special Olympics sport internationally for many years, but it was not part of Special Olympics in Great Britain until 2011,” said his Titmus’ mother, Karen Titmus.

“Thanks to my efforts and Calum’s and the Impaired Skating group, the charity added ice skating to their list of recognised sports.”

Titmus first started skating at Planet Ice in Bretton in February 2010, has now passed 24 figure exams and was named “Figure Skater of the Year 2011” at Peterborough Ice Rink. He is currently working on his National Ice Skating Association’s level 1 tests.

“Any figure skater will realise how good Calum’s achievements are in that short period of time,” said his mum.