In June, Calum was studying A Levels in Maths, Biology and Physics and was hoping to attain the necessary grades to meet the conditions of an offer from St Anne’s College, Oxford to study Biomedical Sciences.
In his application Calum stated that it was Professor Julien Baker’s career that had inspired his aspirations of entering into the field. He credits the Gold Award winner and Coleg y Cymoedd alumnus’ record of achievement for opening his eyes to the exciting opportunities within the sports science sector and for helping him see how these can be linked with the field of medical research, to enhance the physical performance of professional sportspeople.
Calum’s passion and commitment to sport was one of the driving factors behind his nomination and subsequent selection as a recipient of the £1000 Future Stars grant: Alongside his studies Calum captains both his age-group regional side, Cardiff Blues, and the national team, Wales. His college made special mention of his ability to sustain outstanding success in both the academic and sporting domains, citing it as a 'testament to his ability to organise his time and to prioritise effectively'.
In his application Calum made clear the tangible benefits that the grant money would have for him: ensuring he can cover the cost of all necessary learning resources for his undergraduate studies and also help to ease the burden of travel costs and expenses that come with his sporting commitments.
Read about Coleg y Cymoedd's 2015 Gold Award winner Professor Julien Baker.
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