“You don’t know whats around the corner – I’ll enjoy it as much as I can”: Chris Grassick on Gold Coast 2018, dealing with injury setback and captaining Scotland

Captaining your country at a home games - it doesn’t get much better than that for an athlete. In 2014, Scottish men’s hockey captain Chris Grassick did exactly that at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, an experience he still relishes to this day. “It was really special,” he said. “It was a proud

“Once we’re out there, it’s every man for himself”: Nathan Fox on going up against his coach at the Commonwealth Games and the depth of British triple jumping

Six years ago, Nathan Fox perched on the edge of his bed in a Swedish hotel room, his eyes fixated on a television screen as Super Saturday unfolded. Greg Rutherford – a former training partner of Fox – stormed to a surprise gold medal on the night that illuminated the

Sarah Taylor: cricket, anxiety and a dog

On first impressions when England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor met me on a busy southwest London road, she emanated a bubbly confidence. So, it surprised me when she told me later during the interview she had been feeling anxious about our meeting. Her friendly nature was infectious. She insisted on carrying a rather

“If you can’t make a difference, you don’t want to be a tourist”: John Brewer on the beginnings of sport science and Italy 1990

Brewer was the first sport scientist to ever travel with an England team to the World Cup, and has worked with everyone from teenage footballers to Terry Butcher. (St. Mary's University photo) John Brewer was the FA’s first sports scientist and the first person in his field to travel to a

“I moved away when I was 16 to try and get the training I needed to improve”: Team Wales’ Charlotte Carey on table tennis in Wales, Gold Coast 2018 and her long commute to work

Being the best in your country at a particular sport can sometimes come with overwhelming pressures.  And attending your third straight Commonwealth Games could bring extra pressure as well.  But for Charlotte Carey, Team Wales’ Women's Table Tennis No. 1, the pressure is what it’s all about. “Of course there's pressure of being

England vs Germany – Gripes, Tripe and Overhype!

On paper, the England vs Germany fixture held at Wembley in November had the potential to be a classic. Both teams were teeming with talent, with the German's fielding the likes of Mesut Ozil and Leroy Sane whist England were galvanised by the inclusion of....Jake Livermore. With England set to face

“I was disgusted”: Jade Lally on 2012 Olympic rejection, the plight of British discus and fighting fit for the Commonwealth Games

For some athletes, the Commonwealth Games appear to represent little more than an opportunity to stretch one’s legs at the midway point between Olympic Games. For others, the world’s second largest multi-sport event is exactly that – a major meet from which to take home a major medal. Team England’s Jade

“Anyone can use a sim to take a leap into real life racing”: Rudy van Buren on the blending of virtual and real motorsport

Rudy van Buren poses in his firesuit as McLaren's official Formula One simulator driver. (McLaren photo) The rise of eSports has been prolific in the past decade, with gamers earning millions of pounds for triumphing in virtual competition. In Autumn 2017, the virtual sport took hold of Formula One, as McLaren

“The idea that women can’t be as good as a man at driving a Formula One car is purely socially constructed.” Dr Paolo Aversa on why there are no female drivers in F1

One more Formula One season starts tomorrow and once more, there are no women competing on the circuit. The Formula One world is a male-dominated sport. How many women do you remember making it into F1? I will help, six. Only six women have driven during Prix weekends and of those just two participated in the