9th August 2019

Lewis Gibson

Looking to the Future It is, dare I say it, almost magical, almost incredible to watch. Carefully choreographed jumps, spins, landings, all undertaken while moving at high speed on ice. We gasp at the audacity, bravery, the skill, the ability as each mirrors the other, and then synchronised in rehearsed movements, they dance across the ice in a free flowing…
19th July 2019

Angelo Alessio

Kilmarnock’s new Italian coach As wind, rain and plenty of midges swirled around an open field in Largs, you would have forgiven Angelo Alessio for casting his mind back to all that he has left behind.Swapping the bright lights of the Juventus Centre or Chelsea’s plush Cobham complex for life in Ayrshire is not your typical career path in coaching…
12th June 2019

Calvin McCord

The New Scottish Lightweight Boxing Champion Beneath the bright lights everything is a blur of energy and movement, while the cheering crowd becomes muffled background noise. He moves forward, sweat sprays from his hair as he is tagged with a jab, but he keeps moving, focused only on one thing.To step into this arena is a test of mettle, an act of bravery. Defeat is not about getting knocked down, but about not getting back up, as Scottish Lightweight boxing champion Calvin McCord soon discovered. Rising twice from the canvas – the first knockdown was a slip he would later claim – to stop Marek Laskowski and win the title. “My big brother started first,” the boxer told AM of…
12th April 2019

Harry McGarvie

Lucky, lucky lad Harry McGarvie could well be thinking of himself when he hears the catchy Hyundai TV advert that belts out “Lucky, lucky, lucky me…The 30-second commercial contends that … the harder you work the luckier you are in life.  You’ll have heard the tune. It’s never off the telly with its feel-good message and a happy, smiling bloke…
4th February 2019

Drew McIntyre

The Drew McIntyre Story Sweat sprays out from his long dark hair as he takes the other wrestler to the floor. A few moments later he is flying through the air to connect with his signature move 'The Claymore'. Fans call out as he pins his opponent for the mandatory three second count. In recent months Ayr-born wrestler Drew McIntyre has put big names Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman to the sword with his specialist moves.Now living in St Petersburg, Florida, and a leading light of WWE, America's top wrestling brand, he is a long way from his early life in that small, Scottish seaside town. But, the American wrestling scene was where it was always…
29th September 2018

Gordon Smith

The life & times of Gordon Smith He sits to my right. Remembered as a skilful, thrilling midfielder who used to ghost past nervous defenders, won the treble in Scotland and scored in an English FA Cup final against Manchester United. A man who graced the top football leagues in Scotland, England, Austria and Switzerland, but, astonishingly, never won a…
20th August 2018

Mark Beaumont

A Wheel of a Time Some of the most inspiring stories I have ever encountered come from human beings who display an unshakable determination to endure, to experience and to succeed. No matter what obstacles may stand in their way, no matter the physical or mental battle, no matter what elements they have to face - rain, snow, scorching sun…
17th August 2017

Chelsea Dreams

From Brazil to Australia, Japan to the USA, every kid from every corner of the globe dreams of playing in the English Premier League. Since 1992, players from 106 different nations have been signed to Premier League clubs, now a young Ayrshire lad has achieved this ambition.“My dream has always been to go and play in the Premier League,” Ardrossan…
4th June 2017

Conrad Coleman

If you find yourself with time to appreciate the Ayrshire coast, you can marvel at some of the finest sailing waters in the world. Picturesque inlets and spectacular coastal scenery are separated by elegant blue sea. The main attractions are Ardrossan, Largs and Troon, which provide a gateway not only to some of quaintest and most beautiful islands in the…
19th March 2017

Andy Boulton

Andy is originally from Stoke-on-Trent but has been living in Ayrshire, Scotland since 2008. He has been playing darts for over 20 years and has competed at the Lakeside World Championships three times. He decided in January 2015 that he wanted to further his career and chose to attend ‘Qualifying School’ with the Professional Darts Corporation. Qualifying School saw over 400 darts players from around the world take to the oche to try and secure a place on the Professional Circuit. Andy had a great few days and topped the Order of Merit Table and secured a two year card to play on the Professional Circuit. Andy is currently ranked 59 in the world in the PDC Order of Merit…