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IT managers keen to prove their leadership skills need look no further than this year's Computer Weekly Computastars competition, writes Martin Couzins.

A cross between TV's It's a Knock Out and Superstars, the competition offers IT workers an opportunity to get fit, meet other ITers and have some fun.

Put aside that change management project for a day and enter the eight-legged race; take time out from e-business and become a human wheelbarrow; swap the helpdesk for the steeplechase.

What's more, Computastars is celebrating its jubilee year and more teams than ever are expected to enter.

So, if you are up for it, get some colleagues together and fill out the entry form in Computer Weekly Xtra! on page 66. Teams of no fewer than three and no more than five competitors can enter, and there is a category for both men's and women's veterans to enter a team.

The deadline for entries is 4 April. Heats will take place on Saturday 8 June in Crawley; Sunday 16 June in York; Sunday 23 June in Birmingham; and the UK Final is on Saturday 27 July in Cardiff.

All the teams taking part will be listed in Computer Weekly and all the heats will be featured in Xtra!. A full page will be dedicated to the finals along with a list of all the participating teams.

The only criteria for entrants is that they must work in IT, either in an IT department or for an IT company. Some people take part every year and do a lot of training to prepare themselves, others, like the team of Computer Weekly journalists that will be taking part this year, just hope they will be able to survive the day.

More than 40,000 competitors have participated at 50 venues in the UK and Europe in the past 24 years.

Full details at www.computastars.demon.co.uk/
This was first published in March 2002

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