Leeds Beckett Triathlete Calum Johnson receives award
11 August 2017 - Sean Freer
Leeds Beckett and Junior Team GB Triathlete Calum Johnson won a prestigious athletics award.
Calum Johnson has been named as the winner of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Most Determined Athlete Award.
TASS have supported Calum through his studies at Leeds Beckett as well as his Triathlon training which has culminated in a very successful period for Calum, capped off by his most recent accolade with TASS.
Last month Calum fought hard for a podium finish at the European Cup in Estonia before graduating from his Accounting course with First-Class Honours, two achievements that have earnt him the Most Determined Award from TASS.
Thrilled to take my first European Cup win y'day! Always wanted to have a go at lifting the tape! Brill racing from all the other Brits too! pic.twitter.com/aVtlkT9GuY— Calum Johnson (@caaljohnson) June 12, 2017
Calum was training for over 30 hours per week, including at the National Triathlon Centre in Leeds, whilst also studying hard in his Accounting degree, where he graduated with First-Class Honours.
Speaking to TASS.com, Calum says he has benefited from the support he has received from TASS: "I wouldn’t be in this position today without the support from TASS. I would happily stay on TASS forever if I could.”
Congratulations to our five fantastic TASS Stars Award winners - Sarah, Naomi, Rhys, Calum & Georgia! So proud of you all 🤗👏🏻🌟 pic.twitter.com/tvDWgROPGV— Sport England TASS (@TalentedAthlete) August 11, 2017
Calum also has benefited from his studies at Leeds Beckett and says his Accounting degree has had a significant impact on his career.
“My Accounting degree has been a massive part of my career so far, I think it’s important to have other focuses away from Triathlon. Training full time is quite strenuous… For me spending four years studying alongside elite sport has helped me mature massively. University gives you the chance to develop so many skills and attributes you can take forward in life.”
Sport & Active Lifestyles’ Student Support Coordinator Craig Robinson, added: “It’s great to see that the support Calum is getting (through TASS) has contributed to his recent success. Our athlete support staff are really pleased for Calum as his achievements are even more remarkable given some of the challenges he has faced whilst with us.”