‘My boy Kobe will grow up to be an Olympic medal winner’

Froso Zambas with son Kobe Griffiths
Froso Zambas with son Kobe Griffiths

A MOTHER has so much belief in her athletic son she has placed a bet that he will win an Olympic medal.

Froso Zambas, of London Road, St Leonards, stands to collect £25,000 if her 14-year-old son, Kobe Griffiths, achieves his dream by the time he reaches 30.

The sports-mad youngster, who attends The St Leonards Academy, is determined to get the world record at long jump and win an Olympic medal when he is older.

The teenager is showing every sign of being a potential Olympian. He is a talented athlete in both the 100 metres and the long jump and a junior champion in the latter.

Miss Zambas, 48, said: “Kobe has always been into athletics and is naturally good at sports. When he was five he wanted to achieve the world record for the 100 metres sprint. He thought he would be good at long jump and the bet I have placed is for Kobe to win any Olympic medal on the track or field by the time he is 30.

“It is his dream to win a medal.”

She put the bet on at William Hill when her son was just 10 in 2008.

The betting firm offered odds of 250/1 to a stake of £100.

Miss Zambas’ bet covers the Olympic Games in 2016, 2020, 2024 and 2028.

If the bet is successful, she will scoop the £25,000. But Kobe has hit a snag, which he and his mum are confident is only temporary.

The teenager currently has Osgood-Schlatter Disease, a painful condition that affects the upper part of the shin bone, most commonly occurs in teenagers who play sport.

It causes pain and swelling just below the knee but is not serious and usually goes away in time.

Kobe will be joining Hastings Athletics Club next year.

His mum said: “I did not tell Kobe about the bet I made until last year. He smiled because at the time he was having doubts about himself. Placing the bet shows how much I believe in him and he will achieve his dream.”

Joe Crilly, spokesman for William Hill, said: “A lot of the speciality bets that we take are from parents backing their children to succeed in certain sporting disciplines and while we are very much looking forward to the London games, we have to keep half an eye on future Olympics because we could end up forking out quite a bit of cash.”