Calum Giles

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Calum Giles (born 27 October 1972) in Portsmouth, England) is a former Great Britain Olympic field hockey player, who competed in the British squad at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Calum Giles is considered one of the world's best drag flick and penalty corner specialists and the F.I.H. had to change the rules because of him in order to prevent him coming onto the pitch only to take penalty corners. After the rule change Calum Giles went on to play another two years of International hockey before deciding to retire at the end of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Hockey career[edit]

Calum started his hockey career at the age of 5 playing for OPCS in Portsmouth. He made his national league debut at the age of 18 playing for Havant Hockey Club in 1991 and his International debut at the age of 23 playing for England in 1995. He has played club hockey in England, the Netherlands as well as Bloemfontein, South Africa and Sydney Australia. Calum retired from International hockey in 2000 to pursue his coaching career and became a full-time player-coach to Oxted. After several years he gained the club promotion to the National League for the first time in their history. Following his time at Oxted he re-joined his childhood club Havant as player-coach where he in just 2 years he managed to take them back to the pinnacle of English hockey for the 2007/2008 season, managing to end the season 4th in the Men's Premier Division. Following one season at Plymouth Marjon Calum became the Professional Hockey Coach at Eltham College school in 2014. In the summer of 2015, Calum was appointed Head Coach of Blackheath & Old Elthamians Hockey Club. In his first season, he successfully led this team to promotion to the South Premier League and to the final of the England Hockey Trophy. Blackheath & Old Elthamians won the trophy the following season.

Calum Giles has played 143 caps for England and Great Britain and has scored 110 international goals. He retired from international hockey in 2000 and was England and Great Britain highest goalscorer for over 14 years.

He also runs which runs hockey camps in school holidays as well as hockey academies.

Major International Achievements[edit]

1995 — European Cup, Dublin*
1995 — Champions Trophy, Berlin
1996 — Olympic Qualifier, Barcelona
1996 — Olympic Games, Atlanta
1998 — World Cup, Utrecht
1999 — Champions Trophy, Brisbane
1999 — European Cup, Padova
2000 — Olympic Qualifier, Osaka
2000 — Champions Trophy, Amsterdam
2000 — Olympic Games, Sydney

*At the 1995 European Cup Calum became the first English player to win a top goal scorer award in a major competition

Calum now works at Eltham College in Mottingham, Kent.



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