A WHITEGATE schoolboy has sensationally raced to double glory on the national stage.
Tom Donald, 12, won both the 100m and 200m at the Independent Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham.
But Tom, who attends Abbey Gate College in Chester, has only shot to prominence in a matter of months.
Proud father John said: “The coach at his school called us and said ‘I need to talk to you about John’, so initially we thought he was in some sort of trouble.
“But apparently Tom, who is only 12, was racing against 15-year- olds in his school shoes and was beating them.
“The coach told us he wanted to put Tom into the North of England Championships and a couple of weeks later, he had broken both the 100m and 200m records!
“It’s come completely out of the blue but we are ever so proud.”
Having won the regional event and backed by his parents and school, Tom took on the best 15-year-old athletes from independent schools across the country.
And unfazed by the big stage, Tom won the 100m with ease and then just half an hour later won the 200m by about 15m to become a double national champion.
Tom has now joined Vale Royal Athletics Club to maximise his undoubted potential.
“He is very dedicated and he is now watching what he eats,” added dad John. “We wanted to get him a coach at a local athletics club and although he still has a very long way to go, he really could go places.
“One of the reasons for his success is of course his size. He is bigger than other children his age and when you see him running, he does look about 15, not 12! He’s performed wonders.”
Tom, also a keen cricketer and footballer, was part of the relay team that earned third in Birmingham and is also Cheshire sprint champion.