“The Commonwealth Games will be ‘balls to the wall’”: Zach Courtney on his outside chance of medalling Down Under

The beauty of the Commonwealth Games lies in the number of athletes competing who can genuinely class themselves as amateurs right at the top of their sport. Zach Courtney, a man mountain from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, certainly falls into this category. Currently studying podiatry at Queen Margaret University on the

“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

“Beating England in their own backyard was a fairytale” – Jamie Farndale on winning in London twice, missing out on Rio and the hectic schedule of a rugby sevens player

Jubilation at triumphing over the Auld Enemy is an unusually familiar feeling for Scottish rugby players at the moment. The under 20 side triumphed 24-17 on Friday night before the full team’s scintillating display on Saturday evening in a weekend that really did see ‘them’ sent homewards tae think again. One man

“I want to go out there and do the country proud!” – Laura Deas on her medal chances, Lizzy Yarnold and inspiring the next generation

For a nation without much in the way of winter sport pedigree, one event that Great Britain seems to excel at against the odds is the women’s skeleton. Even without its own ice track, Team GB have won a medal in each Winter Olympics since Alex Coomber won bronze at Salt

“It’s no picnic trying to win a medal”: Mike Hay on bettering Team GB’s record haul in Sochi

At the Chamonix Games of 1924, Team GB set its highest ever medal total of four at a Winter Olympics. Four years ago in Sochi they matched it and, pending an appeal from the Russian Olympic Federation, a fifth medal looks to be on its way in the form of the

“Wrestling allowed me to show people what I can do” – Anthony Robles on his incredible journey to becoming national champion

Very rarely do you meet someone with quite as inspirational a story as Anthony Robles -  2011 NCAA wrestling national champion. He became a national champion despite being neglected by all top tier colleges, he was undefeated in his last two years of high school despite only starting the sport at

“I don’t really give the critics much thought” – Tyrrell Hatton on proving his doubters wrong

For Tyrrell Hatton his rise into one of the finest golfers on the planet has not been without its drawbacks.  Frequently his temperament has been called into question following an outburst or the banging of a club into the ground after a poor shot. But what does the man himself have to

“The thing that kept me moving forward was getting back in the water” – Hannah Miley on Olympic heartbreak and her road to recovery

15 hundredths of a second were all that stood between Hannah Miley and an Olympic medal. Despite a tricky year, the girl from Inverurie is back and ready to defend her crown for the second time at next year’s Commonwealth Games. After her disappointment in Rio, Miley has spent the past

Autumn axe a “good kick up the backside” – James Haskell

After a recent international resurgence and a glorious summer spent with the Lions, England international James Haskell could have been forgiven for throwing his toys out of the pram at his exclusion from Eddie Jones’ squad for the Autumn internationals. His reaction when I asked him about it couldn’t have been

“I believe in this team” – Takis Fyssas talks World Cup play-offs and Euro 2004

With Greece facing a winner-takes-all World Cup play-off against Croatia, Matt Horsman tracked down one of the stars of the country’s incredible Euro 2004 winning campaign, Takis Fyssas, to ask him about Greece’s chances this time around and what it was like to be a European Champion. The underdog story is