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Star of the week
Lauren kickboxing to stardom
Lauren: Kickboxing to stardom in Greece

World Cup fever might be just around the corner, but it's cricket and martial arts that make all the Academy headlines this week.

There has been a whole feast of heroics with leather and willow, but this week's star has to go to Lauren.

The seven-year-old Welsh superstar has just returned from Athens having conquered the world of kickboxing.

More than 1,400 competitors were battling it out in Greece at the World Championships, and Lauren reigned supreme in her category.

She beat a nine-year-old girl from Scotland 8-3 to be crowned World Pan-Amateur Kickboxing Association Under 30kg semi-contact world champion.

Lauren has been kickboxing since the age of five with the Devils Martial Arts club in Blackwood, Wales and proud father Allan told us about her wonderful achievement.

She is hoping to compete in the European Championships in Holland later this year and the USA Open in Florida in 2007.

You can follow the progress of Lauren and local fighters or learn more about Korean Kickboxing by checking this website:

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Here is a round-up of the best of the rest. Thanks for the e-mails and keep sending them in.


Two brothers have emerged from the Scottish Taekwondo Championships and have been nominated by a very happy dad called Stephen.

Matthew (11) won gold and silver in sparring and the patterns, while Daniel (eight) won a hat-trick of golds in sparring, patterns and high kick.

Despi plays for Southgate U-14s hockey team and told us about their phenomenal season.

They have reached the grand finals and Despi says: "If we keep our heads up, concentrate and play to the best of our abilities I think we have a good chance of winning. We are a great team and I believe we can do it."

Let us know how you get on.....

The athletics season is kicking into action and Laura from Oxfordshire won the 800m race at a local competition.

She did it in 2mins 30secs. Laura says: "I was quite proud of my time because I didn't have my spikes!"

Paula Radcliffe in action
Jordanna hopes to be the new Paula for London 2012

Staying on the athletics track, Jordanna from Marlow has just won the Buckinghamshire 800m race and she's now heading for the nationals and dreaming of great things!

"I hope I will get to the high standards like Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe," Jordanna tells us.

"I am crossing my fingers. I also do other sports, like rowing, golf, rugby, football and all athletics things. I would really love to make it to London 2012."

Now it's time for the cricket. Colin from Taunton has nominated his mate Matty after he managed to knock up a few runs.

"He has finally managed to break 70," Colin tells us. "Maybe he'll shut up about it now!"

Mr Fox has e-mailed in and told us about his son Gary, who plays for Chichester U-12s and has scored 236 runs in just four games.

"He bowled two wickets in a row. Well done Gary."

And to finish up, we have William from West Sussex, who is hoping his all-round cricketing prowess will lead to bigger and better things.

"I have been a scorer for my local village side for four years and recently we were short of players," William tells us.

"So I pulled on my whites. Not only did I take a catch, I batted for 10 overs to save the match in fading light.

"I hope now my cricketing skills will help me find a girlfriend!" Top effort William and best of luck with your search.

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