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The Journey

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The Journey I feel a tear trickle down my left cheek as I approach the stadium, the stadium where the Olympic games are being held. Finally after all these years I have managed to arrive at the Olympics. Not as a spectator, no, but as an athlete. Getting this far wasn't easy, but when I say, "I am going to be a champion I am going to the champion." * * * Five years ago, I was a dedicated swimmer. I swam at least four hours a day and that was only the warm up, but something horrific happened as time passed by. I became egoistic, lazy and my commitment decreased. Then to make matters worse, I stopped following my usual healthy diet; I ate whatever, whenever. I grew fat. My weight tripled in one month and by the time I was prepared to swim again, I couldn't. ...read more.


I ate only raw green vegetables and that too a meal a day. I hated it although it wasn't easy. After a year of dieting, I noticed my weight wasn't going down as fast as the models on television. Some days I felt really low and just wanted to back out of swimming and cry. I used my hands to try and cover my entire body but all I could do was accept the fact that I was fat and ugly. It took a whole lot of courage to put on my swimming suit. I would have never even touched it if not for my father. I realized it was going to be harder than I expected but I decided to swim again. Such was my determination. After swimming the first lap, I was out of breath. I pushed myself to do another lap but I couldn't even reach half-way. ...read more.


Soon I was the fastest swimmer around, not just in my country but also in all the neighbouring countries. However my happiness was short lived. Life struck me a cruel blow. I was driving and singing along to a song on the radio when I made a wrong turn and ended up in a road accident. By the time I woke up, all I could remember was a flash and a big bang. I tried to stand up but I couldn't. I could not feel my right leg at all because it wasn't there! My world came crashing down on me; all my hopes and desires were crushed by that car crash. It was the end of the road for me... when one day, my mother eagerly handed me a newspaper article and the headlines caught my eye, 'Paralympics to be held in two years.' * * * Now as I wait for my competition to begin, all I can think about is how lucky I am to be alive and living my dream. I am going to be a champion! Rasyidah Halim 11G ...read more.

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