On Saturday, Happidojo Marham Judo Club member Cailean McCallum won the British Judo Association Award for Young Volunteer Of the Year.
Cailean had originally been shortlisted into the final four, before being announced that he had won the national award.
This award was given to Cailean as testament for all the time he dedicates to the sport. Cailean has steadily worked his way up through the junior refereeing ranks of Bronze, Silver and is currently Gold Level.
He referees at all the Eastern Area events, and now that he has turned 17, hopes to complete his Senior Area Referee qualification next year. Cailean even refereed on his 16th birthday last year!
Cailean also helps coach at his dad’s Happidojo Judo clubs; Monday nights at Iceni Academy in Methwold, and Thursday evenings at Marham. He has also just completed his assessment for his UKCC Level One Coaching qualification, and hopes to take a UKCC Level Two Coaching qualification next year.
Throughout the year, Cailean also travels all over the country competing at ranking events, and is currently ranked 11th in England at males U73kgs Cadet Level.
Next week sees him having to travel to Sheffield to compete at the British National Championships, with him moving up and competing in the Junior Level.
As well as studying A-Levels at Iceni Academy, Cailean is also studying the AASE Programme, (Advanced Appprenticeship In Sporting Excellence) which when completed, will be equivalent to two A-Levels.
Cailean has to dedicate a minimum of 16 hours a week to this programme, and travels to Anglia Ruskin University weekly to achieve this. He also travels weekly to Cambridge, to train under his coach Dave Southby (6th Dan) at the main Happidojo branch.