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Star of the week
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It is time for us to reveal your tales of sporting heroics from the past week.

We've been inundated with messages from far and wide, describing anything from last-minute winners on the football pitch right through to board game "grand slams".

But there can only be one Star of the Week, so give it up for Howard, a 45-year-old photographer who broke his leg in a motorbike accident and has been on crutches for the past 11 weeks.

He told us: "I decided to hang up the racing leathers and take up golf again. Last week I played my first round in ages with my girlfriend, towing a trolley in one hand and a crutch in the other.

"I slowly limped my way around with a score of one over - two birdies and three bogeys.

"I was so happy at the end of it that I asked my girlfriend to marry me on the ninth green - and she said 'not if you keep thrashing me like that!'"

Now that's impressive.

Here's a selection of other tales which we thought deserved a mention - some good, some not so good, and others downright bizarre.

And if you think you've done enough to be next week's star, just fill in the box on the right-hand side of the page and let us know what you've been up to.


  • Matt rowed the marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42,195m) on a rowing machine in two hours 57 minutes and 43 seconds, an hour and a quarter faster than he can run the same distance.

    "I wanted to experience something like what James Cracknell and Ben Fogle are doing whilst rowing the Atlantic, except they're doing four times that distance every day!"

  • Carl helped Norton and Stockton Ancients under-8s football team to win the Durham league after a 3-1 victory over Brinkburn of Hartlepool.

    I deflected a certain goal with my stomach - before Christmas it would have gone in!

    If they beat 21st All Stars of Darlington on Sunday they will have gone the whole season undefeated, a record no other team has apparently ever managed at that level.

  • Anthony was picked to play left wing for his school football team for the first time, having spent the season on the bench.

    He said: "I ended up scoring five goals and setting up two in a 9-3 victory for our team. I was made man of the match and my mum was very proud."

  • James recorded a 21-12 victory against his table tennis arch-nemesis, who had won most of their recent matches. He said: "Only four minutes in and he was 12-2 up and strolling. But I dug deep and won. He was gutted!"

    The University of York's John
    "Pick that out of the back of the net" says John

  • The University of York Futsal club competed in the Mizuno Cup in the Czech Republic. Their star striker John (pictured celebrating on the right) scored the goal of the tournament from behind the halfway line when he lobbed the keeper.

    Unfortunately they didn't win the game, but it's the taking part that counts...

  • Richard went for a jog for the first time after a major cruciate ligament operation on his right knee.

    He said: "I went with my mate who has not had any surgery and left him in my dust. Three months ago this achievement seemed along way away but now there is light at the end of the tunnel."

  • Roger has been selected for the north-west junior orienteering squad after winning the Northern Championships. Orienteering is a mixture between running and reading a map.

    He said: "I'm going on an orienteering exchange trip to Norway with my squad this year.

    "I hope it will train me up so I can be selected to orienteer for England in the inter-country championships held in Belgium."

  • David finally broke his barren spell in front of goal - and claimed it was all down to his new football boots.

    My dad said I was a real hero so that's why I'm writing in

  • Despite losing the match, George saved several short corners from a pair of German hockey internationals in a school first-team fixture.

  • Jason and four team-mates took to the court representing Armstrong House in their school's first ever dodgeball event.

    He said: "Soon we had ducked, dipped, dived and dodged our way to an amazing victory, thrashing all challengers to our title of 'House Dodgeball Champions 2006'!"

  • For the past two years, John and eight friends have been competing in Superstars - based on the popular BBC show of the past.

    Their main competition is in the summer, but in January they also hold the winter Superstars - involving table tennis, snooker, 10-pin bowling and table football.

    John said: "I will now be going for the double in the summer."


  • Andy scored the only try in an embarrassing 74-7 rugby defeat. He also hit a boy on the backside, knocking him over attempting a punt upfield. And he managed to spill his coach's coffee all down his new jacket while practising his tennis serves.

  • Tim won three prizes in the raffle at the Wakefield Archers indoor tournament, making up for shooting a lousy score in the competition.

  • Sam was playing rugby against an unnamed team and a massive fight erupted halfway through the match.

    He said: "Our team fought the whole of the anonymous team and even parents joined the melee. I did not fight, quite the contrary in fact. I sat on the sidelines praying that they would stop - and they did!"

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