Lorraine Downes was an ordinary teenager from Pakuranga - until she was crowned the most beautiful woman in the world. Our only Miss Universe, she was catapulted into a glamorous fairytale that she could never have dreamed of. But her biggest challenges were yet to come most recently, losing her soulmate - cricketer Martin Crowe. This week, Lorraine bares all in her first interview since Martin's death. A SUNDAY exclusive.
Andy Hensel had always been a daredevil. But almost six years ago this high-flying freestyle motocross star crashed from more than twenty metres in the air he broke his back and crushed his spinal cord, leaving him paralysed. But Andy had a hunger to be airborne again, and were alongside as he bravely attempts to fly again.
Many young athletes want to be bigger, better, faster and stronger. And some are breaking the rules to do it. SUNDAY investigates the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in our clubs, schools and gyms. Officials have no idea how many amateur athletes are doping deliberately or accidentally. But those who've done it say it's time for a wake-up call.
Its not normal practice for any star teenage sportsperson. To pack it all in, right when youre at your peak, then return 13 years later better than ever. But thats exactly what champion NZ diver Shaye Boddington did. She opens up about the decade she lost to a disorder that nearly killed her, and how shes claimed a spot in next months Commonwealth Games.