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.


9. The Trials

The day of the trials was finally over. Tom thought that they had gone well but he wouldn't find out until tomorrow when the team co-ordinators contacted Jamie. The trials had been happening for months and Tom's trial was the final one. He would definitely find out soon as they would have made the decision already for most of the team.

"Jamie," Tom asked the next morning "will they contact you this morning or this afternoon? I can't wait to find out if I've got into the Olympics. It would be amazing if I did!"

"It would be amazing, yes. But I have no idea when they will call me." Jamie consulted his watch, "I'll come into your lessons and tell you if they do ring. We can talk in private before announcing anything to all the others though. Okay, Tom?"

"Sure. I better get going." Tom ran off in the direction of the classroom where he had a French lesson that morning.

Jamie went to his office and went straight onto his laptop. He needed to do some research.

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It was an hour later when Jamie appeared at the door of Tom's classroom. Jamie beckoned his finger and Tom excused himself from the lesson.

"What? What is it?" Tom squealed excitedly for Jamie looked very proud of himself, like the cat who had got the cream.

"Tom ... I don't know how to tell you this ... but ... ummmm ... the team co-ordinators rang me and they said that ... YOU'RE  IN!! You are going to be part of the Olympics!"

Tom hugged Jamie tightly and then ran back into his classroom and screamed at the top of his voice,


The boys all got up and congratulated Tom before they went to do a celebratory run round the track. For the rest of the day the boys were hyper and nothing could control them. Tom was a member of the Great Britain Olympic Team. He was famous.

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