Inspiring story from the cricket field
Tony Sheppard has just this week taken his 1,000th wicket for St George's Church Cricket team, where he is "Mr Cricket" having played well over 600 matches in 35 years service.
At the age of 60 (having collapsed on the pitch in 2004 and technically died 3 times!) he continues to lead, lead by example and otherwise wear his strong christian faith on his sleeve in every position of responsibility within the club including from the heights of President and Captain to the the "unseen" of unofficial club statistician, groundsman and coach.
It was poignant that the team he got his 1,000 wicket against were Cambridge Methodists, who were the opponents when Tony collapsed and nearly died in 2004, and are a team with whom St George's Church Cricket Club have close links - many of their players joining them on our annual Lakes Tour at August Bank Holiday time.
He manages to do all the above alongside selfless work as Chairman of Governors at Temple Moor School Leeds (where his children are long gone ex-pupils) as well as being heavily involved in other caritable and church work. A remarkable but humble man of God, he is proof that ordinary people like you and me can achieve extraordinary things - all we need is the faith and trust in God who makes all things possible.
Holding the National Christian Cricket Cup aloft in 2005, with both teams pictured (St G's beat Barton Evangelical from Canterbury, Kent - champions the previous 4 years! - at Ripon CC's ground) following a hard fought final played in the true spirit of the game which is so important to everyone involved, including Tony.