Calum burst onto the International hockey scene at the European Cup in 1995. His 9 goals in 7 games didn’t just help England to win a European Bronze medal, but also entered his name into the record books as the first English player to win a top goal scorer award in a major competition. He was widely regarded as one of the best short corner strikers in the world.
Calums journey to the top of his chosen sport was not easy. He attended a non-hockey playing state school, where he found himself in constant trouble as a result of suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Living a life that held little hope for the future and leading only to a path of trouble with the law, Calum took every ounce of his energy and used it outside of school to play hockey.
Calum watched the British Hockey Team in the 1984 Olympics, and was so inspired that he decided there and then, that one day he too would compete at an Olympic Games. From that moment his life was never going to be the same, and his bleak future started to look much brighter.
Overcoming numerous challenges and breaking many barriers along the way, in 1996 he finally achieved his dream when he competed in the Atlanta Olympics. 4 years later he retired after his second Olympic Games in Sydney, having played 143 international games, and scoring 110 goals. Calum retired his countries highest goal scorer.
What other people think…
“Having trained, played and coached Internationally with Calum, it is fair to say that he has a unique and infectious attitude towards life and hockey in general. His technical and tactical knowledge base, commitment to his profession and credentials are clear to see. However, it is his endless positivity combined with his ability to empathise with every athlete that separates him from the group and makes him a cut above the rest.”
High Performance Coach
US Field Hockey