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GB Figure Skater Calum Titmus competed at the Special Olympics Austria 4th National Winter Games held in Vienna on 16-18 March 2012, alongside skaters from Russia, Germany, Slovakia and Iceland and Austria.
After two days of competition, Calum won a Gold medal at Level 3 men's events.
Calum is the first ever Figure Skater to represent Great Britain in this sport and on an international level.
Karen Titmus, from Impaired Skating, explained:
“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, when, due to the combined efforts of Calum, his mother Karen and the Impaired Skating group, the charity added figure skating to their list of recognised sports.”
“When it comes to the Olympic sporting family there are the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games. Now most people have heard of these events, but what most people do not realise is that, there is also Special Olympics for those athletes with learning disabilities.”
Calum will compete at the 1st Special Olympics GB National Figure Skating Championships to be held in Dumfries on 12-13 May 2012, where he hopes to qualify for the next Special Olympics World Winter Games to take place in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2013.
Read Calum's profile for more information.
Source: Impaired Skating
Athlete’s mother Karen Titmus, coach Sarah Massey, athlete Calum Titmus and Margarita Sweeney-Baird, founder of Impaired Skating