Australian Story - This is the Moment (Tim McCallum)
In 2000 Tim McCallum was accepted into the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts in Western Australia; the culmination of a childhood dream.
But three days after arriving in WA to start his studies, Tim McCallum broke his neck in an accident in the surf. He was left paralysed from the chest down with only partial use of his arms. It seemed there was no realistic prospect of him ever being able to sing again. But Derek Bond, a lecturer from the Academy visited Tim in hospital every second day and encouraged him to continue music studies and to try to use his voice again.
At first it was a struggle, but gradually and remarkably the power in Tim McCallum's voice returned. A surprise call from international producer and choreographer David Atkins opened the door to a return to the stage and McCallum performed in front of thousands in Atkins’ spectacular 'Dreamscape' at the Melbourne Tennis Centre. Other work soon followed and Tim McCallum has performed in Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, in Rent at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.
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