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Callum Deboys

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12

Further personal information

Family
Partner Charlotte
Residence
Kirkmichael, SCO
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para cross-country skiing in 2018 in Germany.
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 Scott Meenagh [British Para cross-country skiing athlete]. Scott gave me the opportunity to come and train with the Armed Forces Para Snow Sports Team [AFPST] at the snow tunnel in Germany. I just fell in love with the sport."

General interest

Hobbies
Outdoor activities, cooking. (gbsnowsport.com, 28 May 2021; deboys.co.uk, 31 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
British Para cross country skier Scott Meenagh. (deboys.co.uk, 31 Dec 2018; snowsportengland.org.uk, 11 Dec 2018)
Injuries
In October 2021 he required hospital treatment after sustaining facial and arm injuries in a bicycle accident in Scotland. (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
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for Finding Your Feet, a Scottish charity which aims to support people and families affected by amputation or limb absence. (Instagram profile, 19 Sep 2020; sundaypost.com, 02 Aug 2020)

SPORTING CHOICE
He was put in an induced coma after his 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 mind set 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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 14
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 15
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 13