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The Castore Sporting Journal brings you behind the scenes insights into the world of elite sport. We seek out individuals and organisations who have demonstrated proven performance excellence over a sustained period and aim to understand what it is that gives them their edge.

Just before Atlético Madrid’s team bus arrives at the stadium for a match, the driver always puts on the same song: “Thunderstruck”, by the Australian hard-rock band AC/DC. The players blare out the lyrics: “Thunder, thunder, thunder, thunder/ I was caught/ In the middle of a railroad track. The words...

Clive Woodward set his stall out from day one when he arrived unannounced at Twickenham in September 1997 and asked to be shown to his office. An embarrassed silence ensued; there was no desk allocated, let alone an office. Remaining polite, Woodward insisted he would need his own office, computer...

Charles van Commenee is one of the most respected athletics coaches in the world. Dubbed the ‘’Volcano’’ for his sometimes explosive temper, the disciplinarian Dutchman pushes his athletes to the limit and makes a habit of exceeding targets. Fear, it seems, is a great motivator and you only need to...

Having started training as a gymnast at the age of 8 and demonstrating a natural aptitude for the sport, Courtney accelerated rapidly through the youth ranks winning Gold at the Junior European Championships 2012. He has since won the British rings title twice and added a European silver medallion April...

No tournament has such allure, yet it is the only major played at the same course year in and year out. No course in major tournament use has Augusta National’s contours, especially on the greens, and no course has a back nine that can induce such drama. That’s what makes...

Why so many boxing stars have roots in hardship It is no secret that many of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport overcame significant childhood traumas before fighting their way to stardom. From Mike Tyson, who was abandoned by his father at two years old and arrested...

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