WESTMINSTER sprinter Nathan Moses may have missed out on the 100m final at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at the weekend but says the 11th commandment is thou shall not give up.
The plucky 13-year-old still hopes to become an Olympian, although he admitted he will have to improve on his performance at Crystal Palace where he finished third in his heat.
But after taking his first steps on the track he believes anything is possible.
“It was a new and a mad experience because I have never done anything like it before, so I feel happy that I got the opportunity,” said the Westminster City School pupil.
“It makes me feel delighted that they think I have huge potential and I’m very happy that I can prove to them that they made the right choice to choose me.
“I will never give up on any talents and in order to make the final next year I will learn and master a new technique and push myself to the limit, and who knows where it can take me?”
Moses was part of an impressive boys athletics team that finished 12th, but Westminster’s best showing came in girls cricket in March when they won bronze.
Despite this success, the borough finished a disappointing 31st out of 33 in the Jubilee Trophy, one place down on 2012, but athletics team manager Chaka Clarke believes they are on the right track.
“It gives our athletes an idea of competing on a professional level and the atmosphere really gives them an idea of how it would feel like to be an athlete,” she said.
“It also allows them to get scouted too. Our team gets better and better every year. I started training these guys around two months ago and since I’ve had them they have gone from strength to strength.
“Hopefully next year we will be even stronger.”