A great role model is the inspiration behind the success of Callum Sirker. His father, Amit Sirker, played for London Welsh in the 1980s and Hammersmith-born Callum said: “He has been the biggest influence on my career and is my number one supporter. Chris Lloyd, my coach at Wasps Academy, has also given me a good understanding of the game.”
He began playing when five at Teddington RFC, attended Twickenham Academy and Harrow School, lives in Twickenham and is now studying history at Loughborough University. A specialist wing, he shared in victories for England U16 over Scotland and Wales in April 2014. Last November, he was a member of the England Sevens Academy side that won the Singapore Cricket Club tournament and the triumphant Royals team in the International Invitational tournament in Dubai.
His proudest moments include those two successes and many others in different ways, including his first World Series appearances in Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London in April and May this year. He scored two tries in his second tournament – one in the pool game against Japan and the other in the 14-12 triumph over Australia in the Bronze Medal match. Two more touchdowns followed in the 31-0 victory over Spain in a pool match in Paris.
Callum said: “Getting a scholarship to Harrow School, being chosen for England U16, playing in the final of the Rosslyn Park 7s and being contracted to England 7s have been terrific experiences. Also being the top try and points-scorer in the Kenya 7s tournament was brilliant.”
Callum, an athlete, also takes part in the 100m and 200m and enjoys watching both events. His favourite holiday destination is Bahamas “for its pink sands and blue water” and musically, he enjoys “a very eclectic mix depending on my mood”. His top film is ‘Step Brothers’, an American comedy and in TV terms, ‘Ex on the Beach’, a reality series, heads his list. Steak is the food that Callum relishes most.
‘Committed, competitive and approachable’ are his self-description and he reckons his friends would rate him as ‘annoying, funny but reliable’.
Last updated: 24 May 2017