Derval O’Rourke celebrates winning  silver in the women’s 100m hurdles final at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. Since her retirement she has turned her focus to food. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

More than a decade ago British rower Steve Redgrave and his band of merry men were training one morning when they were visited by a journalist from(...)

Kevin Nolan: ‘All exercise actually helps me because it requires less insulin intake.’ Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

After we lost to Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final by a point in 2010, I went to see my GP and he said I had an underactive thyroid. I had a lack of (...)

Chris Hoy celebrates after winning gold in the  men's sprint final at the  Beijing Olympic Game in  2008 .  Photograph:  John Giles/PA

Britain’s six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy has announced his retirement from competitive cycling. The 37-year-old Scot had been contem(...)

The Oxford crew get ready for a training session  ahead of the University  Boat Race against Cambridge. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

A sport’s sponsor can say a lot about its place on the social ladder. The League of Ireland for instance still carries the rather greasy tang o(...)