Daniel Jarvis: the St Mary’s student with World Championship dreams

The next 18 months are important for any athlete with aspirations of competing at the upcoming World Athletics Championships, and next year’s Olympic Games beyond that. But for St Mary’s University student and distance runner Daniel Jarvis, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The 23-year-old has just finished the penultimate year of his Business Management degree and

‘Moving the Golf Posts’ – why junior golf coaching needs a change

Golf is forever battling its moniker as the ‘old man’s game’. Getting junior players into golf at club level is one thing, but encouraging them to stick with it into adulthood is entirely another. While both the men’s and women’s professional fields currently showcase an abundance of talent, bereft of the one-man or one-woman dominance of

Hurdling disappointment – James Williams on his 850 mile world record attempt

James Williams’ attempted world record run from Land's End to John o’Groats (‘LEJOG’) sadly ended just north of Preston on May 30. The ultra-runner, who was hoping to run 850 miles over the course of 9 days, retired through exhaustion on day five of his extraordinary challenge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wwxgyhg7L4 The result was naturally a great disappointment

Crewing the Ultra-Runner

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Ultra-running is a gruelling sport. As the runners themselves eat up countless miles, pushing their bodies to the brink of exhaustion to complete the most unfathomable of challenges, the preparation and support that exists behind the scenes is often secondary in interest and limelight. Yet the quality and actions of an ultra-runner’s support team can ultimately

Could social media and personal branding help female athletes to gain more prestige?

The sports media is actively showing off how much they have improved to increase women’s media coverage. Unfortunately, the figures tell us the opposite. Last year, female athletes got 4% of the worldwide sports media coverage according to UNESCO. In 2017, BBC Sport's Barbara Slater, commented, ‘There's a transformation in women's

Bingham buoyant ahead of World Snooker Championship

Former champion Stuart Bingham spoke of his excitement ahead of this year’s World Snooker Championship, but warned the nature of the sport’s blue riband event will play a big part in determining who is victorious at the Crucible. Bingham, 42, currently sits 12th in the world rankings and is an outside bet to claim snooker’s

Colouring outside the tramlines: Do we need shorter Tennis formats?

The International Tennis Federation has recently announced changes to the Olympic Tennis Event, shifting the men’s singles gold medal match to a shorter, best of three set format. Changes have also been announced for doubles events, with men’s and women’s matches to be decided by a match tiebreak to 10 points when level at one-set

Gary Hunt: A man at the height of his powers

You walk forward. Stop. You close your eyes. Take a deep breath. And another. Visualise. Another breath. Your mind a whirlwind of thought. Go. Jump. Do it.  You do it, you jump, from twenty seven metres in the air, down into the dark blue abyss below. Squeezing three perfectly executed flips