Cooma's ice skating sensation

Callum Bradshaw at the ACT Ice Skating Championships in September 2013. Photo: Jeffrey Chan.

Callum Bradshaw at the ACT Ice Skating Championships in September 2013. Photo: Jeffrey Chan.

Callum with his trophy from the 2014 Intermediate Men Hollins Trophy. Photo: Tina Zunic

Callum with his trophy from the 2014 Intermediate Men Hollins Trophy. Photo: Tina Zunic

SKATING star Callum Bradshaw is set to continue his scintillating year on the ice as he makes preparations for the upcoming national championships.

The 15-year-old Cooma local recently placed first in the 2014 Intermediate Men June Competition in the ACT and second in the 2014 Intermediate Men Hollins Trophy in Sydney.

Callum's family moved from Adelaide to Cooma two years ago.

"We enjoy the snow and the fact that it's a bit quieter here. It's a peaceful place with a nice environment," Callum said.

Callum is currently attending Snowy Mountains Grammar School whilst training in Canberra three times a week with Coach Miriam Manzano.

This national level figure skater began training at the early age of three after he expressed interest in the sport.

"I went to a birthday party when I was younger and really enjoyed it. I soon started getting lessons and it built up from there, I have just really enjoyed it ever since," Callum said.

Callum is currently set on training for the Melbourne Crystal Challenge in September and Nationals in December.

"At my level right now I can't qualify for international competitions but next year we hope to push for the next level and then hopefully win nationals to get an international spot," he said.

With the Winter Olympics being held earlier this year in Sochi, the thought of representing Australia is something Callum will save for the future.

"It's something that's in the back of my mind, but right now I just want to focus on qualifying up a level so I have the chance to represent Australia in the International competitions, and then I'll look forward from there."

Locals wishing to sponsor Callum are encouraged to contact his mother, Pamela Brett at pacs711@gmail.com.

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