Page back
DEBOYS Callum
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age26
Place of BirthLichfield, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Charlotte
Residence
Prestwick, SCO
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para Nordic skiing in 2018 in an underground snow tunnel in Germany. "The first time I skied outside was in Trysil, Norway. It was the best experience because everything is so open and you feel like you are going so much faster. I fell in love with the sport after that and went to my first competition in Finland five months later."
Why this sport?
"After my accident the best recovery for me was to set myself challenges and also just being in the right place at the right time. I was training to become a rower at Strathclyde Park [Scotland] with my coach John Blair and he then put me in contact with [British Para Nordic skier] Scott Meenagh. Scott gave me the opportunity to come and train with the Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team [AFPST] at the snow tunnel in Germany. I just fell in love with the sport."
Name of coach
Kieran Jones [cross-country skiing]; Simon Allanson [biathlon]
Training Regime
He trains up to 20 hours per week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Outdoor activities, cooking, fishing, cycling. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022; gbsnowsport.com, 28 May 2021; deboys.co.uk, 31 Dec 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
British Para Nordic skier Scott Meenagh. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
British tennis player Andy Murray, British track cyclist Chris Hoy. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In October 2021 he required hospital treatment after being involved in a bicycle accident in Scotland. One of his triceps tendons was torn off the bone in the incident, while he also sustained facial injuries. He was not able to ski for 10 weeks. (independent.co.uk, 09 Mar 2022; Facebook profile, 21 Oct 2021)
Other sports
He competed in Para rowing at regional level in Great Britain following his accident. (findingyourfeet.net, 27 Feb 2020; carricktoday.co.uk, 16 May 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (deboys.co.uk, 31 Dec 2018)
Impairment
In June 2017 he was involved in a motorcycle road traffic accident, breaking both legs and rupturing his diaphragm. He required 20 hours of surgery after getting to hospital, where doctors discovered he had severed an artery in his left leg during the crash. The limb was amputated five days later while he was in an induced coma. (deboys.co.uk, 31 Dec 2018; snowsportengland.org.uk, 11 Dec 2018; fuel10k.com, 19 Sep 2018)
Other information
BICYCLE ACCIDENT
He was involved in a serious bicycle crash in October 2021, and his injuries affected his preparations for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. "It's been a massive struggle just to even get here [Beijing 2022] for me. I don't even think I'm back to full fitness now [speaking in March 2022]. I'm nowhere near any good shape now, but I'm in good enough shape to be here. I had two weeks off completely after surgery, was back on the bike after six weeks, snow on 10 weeks and competing at 11 weeks. That's why I'm taking every race as they come and just trying to be as happy with the results I can. It was really significant and hard to bounce back from that's just the [Paralympic Winter] Games, it gives you the encouragement and determination to come back." (independent.co.uk, 09 Mar 2022)

POSITIVE MINDSET
He was put in an induced coma after his 2017 motorcycle accident, during which time doctors made the decision to amputate his left leg. He had no idea about the extent of his injuries until he woke up three weeks later. "As you can imagine, these first few days were very difficult for me and I found myself feeling very low, wondering what my life was going to be like now. After taking some time to consider my position, I realised that this accident had the possibility to be a blessing, but only if I approached it with the right mindset and accepted the guidance I was being offered. Spending the next month in hospital, I had a lot of time to think about my next move. I very quickly knew that I wanted to pursue a future in sport." (deboys.co.uk, 31 Dec 2018; fuel10k.com, 19 Sep 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for Finding Your Feet, a Scottish charity that aims to support people and families affected by amputation or limb absence. (Instagram profile, 19 Sep 2020; sundaypost.com, 02 Aug 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
17 2022 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:32.0
18 2022 10km Middle - Sitting 38:37.9
18 2022 12.5km Individual - Sitting 44:53.8
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting 2:37.00
21 2022 10km - Sitting 38:41.8
12 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 35:27.3
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
14 2018/2019 10km - Sitting 26:12.7
15 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
13 2018/2019 15km - Sitting 57:13.2