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.


1. Sports Day


“Ready, Set, Go!” screamed the schools official, blowing his whistle like a steam engine.

Tom was off, as fast as a bullet.

“Come on, Tom!” shrieked Mum excitedly.

“Go Tom!” cried Anna as Tom overtook the boy in front of him.


      It was Year 6 Sports Day at Maywood Primary School. The sun was shining brightly and the sky was as blue as sapphires. The grass was very soft and a pure emerald green colour. Mum, Dad and Anna had come to watch Tom run the 100 metres and 100 metres x4 relay. Mum and Dad couldn’t run to save their lives so they were very impressed with Tom’s talent. They were extremely proud of him.


“Mum, Dad! Guess what?” Tom ran up to them, shouting breathlessly.

“What?” chorused Mum and Dad together, waiting for him to tell them where he had come in the race.

 “I came first!” Tom collapsed onto the grass which was soft, smooth and fresh, mown specially for sports day. Anna came over and gave Tom a big childish hug. She was so proud of her older brother.

“Well done, Tom. You were amazing!” Mum said.

“Yes, I’m so proud of you, Tom!” Dad told him, “I’ve never seen you run so fast. I wonder what would happen if we set a lion on you tail!”

Tom sat up when he saw Olli, his best friend, coming towards him.

“Wow, Tom! You were fabulous!” Olli slapped Tom on the back. “We need to go to the starting point for the relay, come on! We can win this with you on our team.”

“Bye Mum! Bye Dad!” Tom shouted as he went off with Olli.

        Tom and Olli wandered slowly over to the running track, which was being used for the girls 200 metres. The schools official put the boys into their positions as soon as the girl’s race finished; Tom was going run the final leg.

       As Tom grasped the shiny blue baton from Olli, Mum, Dad and Anna began to chant loudly; “Tom, Tom, Tom…”


       The race was over. Tom had got a well-deserved first place for the Wi$pa’s relay team. They were all elated and pleased with his effort. Mum congratulated him, Dad congratulated him and all his team mates congratulated him. Olli came over and gave him a friendly hug. He was proud of his best friend too.

       It was time for the annual presentation of Sports Day awards. Tom’s family sat rigidly in their hard, red, plastic seats which were littered across the field for the participant's families and friends whilst Tom waited with his team to hear their final ranking.

“In fourth place we have…… Charlie King’s team- The Kit Kats,” bellowed the head teacher, Mrs Davidson, through the megaphone. Tom gave a big cheer. He wanted to make Charlie feel good about coming second to last as he looked very upset.

       Eventually, they got to first place. Tom was very excited as his team hadn’t been given a position yet but nor had the adults team. One team would be pronounced first and the other team last. He hoped they weren’t last, he had put so much effort into the races he had done.

“In first place we have…… Thomas Starkés team- Wi$pa!” Mrs Davidson thundered.

     Nothing else could be heard as Tom, his family and his team mates exploded with delight. There was a lot of cheering, clapping and dancing. The Wi$pa’s were wild with excitement.

 “Now, for the individual awards” interrupted Mrs Davidson, “I know you’re all excited and pleased with your positions but there are still prizes to present. Ok, the girl’s trophy for ‘Best Runner’ goes to ……Eilish Rowan!” Eilish went up to receive the shining golden trophy with a lot of clapping and cheering from her friends.

“And the boy’s trophy for ‘Best Runner’ goes to……”

“It’ll be you, Tom” whispered Olli, excited by the fact that his best friend would be winning a trophy.

“No, it won’t,” Tom whispered back, secretly hoping inside that it was.

“Thomas Starkés” Mrs Davidson bellowed.

    Tom stood up slowly, too stunned to move properly. Was it really him getting this award? Of course he had put everything into his running today but surely some other boys had been even more fantastic.

“Tom, go on” Mum came over and gently pushed him forward, “Go and get your trophy.”

      Tom walked forward, slightly dazed, and took the trophy. Everyone applauded as he returned to his seat.


      Sports Day was over at last. Tom was free to go home and rest, after his energetic day of sports.

“I told you!” Olli burst out. “I knew you’d get it.”

“Yes, I suppose so” Tom replied, suddenly feeling very tired and worn out.

“Well done, Tom!” Mum said proudly, “Dad and I are so proud of you. You’re a little star!”

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