If you come across me in the street, at training or even at a competition, you would not believe that I am a sprinter... especially with my small nature being 5ft 7! However, here I am... Ronnie wells, 18 years old and a 60m and 100m sprinter, once footballer.
It never occurred to me that I would be a sprinter. Following football playing for Bristol City F.C's Academy with high prospects. Training with the u18 squad at 14 years old, travelling to clubs such as Liverpool F.C and training amongst the first team at such a young age, my life was pretty much set out for me. But, with life being as wild and random as it can be I took a dramatic U-turn in 2012 to make a transition to the track. I found my "talent" in 2010, winning myself a silver medal in the u15 100m sprint at the English Schools Athletics Championships. Two months into the sport and positioning myself at the top of the British rankings was an odd experience... especially when I didn't even know people took running this serious!
But enough of my life story, I'll get to the good part. I made the transition to sprinting in May 2012 with instant success. In my very first season, I won four national titles at the u17 age group (The UK School Games, English Schools Athletics Championships, Schools International match - representing England, England Championships). I went unbeaten in all competitions putting on a show, proving that a footballer can run... fast! In the same season, I positioned myself on top of not only the British rankings, but the World rankings for u17s.
GB u17 rank - 1st
European u17 rank - 1st
World rank - 3rd
With a time of 10.58 seconds!
However, as all sportsmen/women know, with sport comes injury. What was supposed to be an exhilarating 2013 became a injury struck summer. I started my 2013 campaign promisingly during the indoor season, finishing 4th at the England u20 championships in the 60m as a 16 year old! I ran a time of 6.86 seconds which ranked myself 3rd in the World u18 rankings. I then went on to run for the England u20 squad in an International Match against Wales. At this moment in time, I was on top of the world... only to fall harder than ever. In the prime position to go to the IAAF World Youths Championships in Ukraine, I tore my hamstring three weeks before the trials. Determined to book my ticket on the plane, I forced myself to be fit in three weeks with an injury that should take 6 weeks to heal. As expected, my false hope lead me to despair tearing my hamstring for the second time 30m into the first round.
That was it... my dreams for the season of representing Team GB crushed in a matter of seconds. I was physically and mentally broken. But, I knew that I have the motivation to stay positive and be patient as my time will come to shine.
This is me and my life in the athletics world during my first two seasons.