Believe

A young boy’s dream is fulfilled as he goes through years of training but at the last hurdle he becomes injured. An injury that could threaten his career forever.

Thomas wants to be an athlete and begins to train as one when he is talent scouted at his school sports day. 'Believe' tells of his journey to Olympic glory.
It is completely fictional.

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2. First Steps

“Wow, Tom. I can’t believe you won the boy’s trophy!” Olli was amazed.

“Tom, you were amazing. Well done for winning the trophy.” said Kieran, one of his friends.

“Tom! Tom! I can’t think how you won that trophy. You used to be awful at running.” Harvey called sarcastically, from where he was chatting to Louis. “You truly are a good mate though,” Harvey tried to show he was only joking.

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       Tom was overwhelmed by all the people coming over to talk to him. He told his Mum this and she decided it was time to go home.

“Philo, Anna!” called Mum, “It’s time to go now.”

“Coming” Dad called, dragging Anna along behind him, away from where she had been chatting to her friends.

       They walked along the cobbled school path but just as they turned out of the gate, a man ran up from behind them.

“Tom, Thomas Starkés” he cried, uncertain of the pronunciation. “I want to talk to you and your family!”

“Who are you?” Mum questioned, turning round to look at the man’s dark hair, tracksuit and shiny white trainers.

“I am James Moore. I train boys and girls in athletics at the local track, Saffron Park Lane. I only take the best, so my maximum is about fifteen children.” the man replied.

“I see” said Mum, “Why do you need to speak to Tom?”

“I think he is extra special. I would like to train him and give him private lessons for his unusual talent,” James Moore said.

       Tom, Anna and Dad wandered around impatiently, sighing regularly, Mum noticed this, so she said, “Mr Moore, you had better come to our house and discuss the issue.”

“Certainly. You may call me Jamie instead of Mr Moore if you wish.” Jamie replied.

       The five of them strolled down the path, talking about Sports Day and discussing what type of tea they liked the best. They seemed to be getting along like old friends. Tom ran on ahead as he found adult conversations boring. Anna came to join him a bit later on as she didn’t really care about tea either.

      Eventually, they reached their house. Mum and Anna prepared a pot of tea, apple juice, freshly baked scones and strawberry jam to eat, while Jamie discussed running training with them.

“So……” began Jamie, as he bit into a warm scone topped with strawberry jam, “I was wondering if I could train Tom as I know he has star potential in running from seeing him run this afternoon and I believe he could go far in athletics. I could make him a star in the athletic world; he would earn hundreds of pounds a month.”

“Well,” Dad sounded uncertain, “Tom starts a new school next term and we have a lot of things going on at the moment in our family life.”

“I’m sure you do” Jamie spoke up, “but Tom could train in the mornings and attend school in the afternoons. My school is fully qualified you know.”

“Your school?” Mum asked, looking shocked. She had thought Tom would be attending Peakville High School next year, like his friends.

“Yes, my school. I train children and have lessons going on at the same time. There are two teachers: Mrs Pearson who specialises in English, Science, Drama and Music and Miss Lord who specialises in Maths, History, Geography, French and Art. Tom will be able to learn everything he needs to know for the future.”

                 Jamie looked at Mum and Dad, who were looking very puzzled. Tom was just sitting there, sipping apple juice and stuffing himself with the very tasty scones.

“Tom, what do you think?” Mum came over to him and laid a hand on his shoulder. Tom looked up at Mum, startled and then he looked across at Jamie.

“I want to do it,” Tom said after a while, “I don’t mind missing Peakville but I will miss not being with Olli.”

Everyone looked at each other. Dad was the first to speak.

“If that’s what Tom wants to do, then we will say ‘Yes’.”

 Jamie looked at Tom.

 “I’ll see you after the summer holiday, if that’s alright, then!”

    Then Jamie got up and Mum showed him out.

“We had better start sorting out. I must say, there’s a lot to take in after that conversation,” Mum sighed and began to clear the dishes away.

              

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