Nick Westby

Sports editor, The Yorkshire Post and Johnston Press Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s Charlie Tanfield targets track star billing at World Championships

Three days after the closing ceremony of a Winter Olympics that reignited the debate about sports funding in this country, a young man from Yorkshire starts turning the wheels towards Tokyo this week as an example of what can be achieved off your own back.

Sheffield Sharks vs Leeds Force, Sharks player Mike Tuck.

Nick Westby: Basketball’s ongoing battle to stand tall

IT IS a crisp, bright afternoon in Leeds, and on a concrete court overshadowed by residential tower blocks, a group of teenagers can be found playing a recreational game of three-on-three basketball.

Matty Lee.

Leeds diver Matty Lee finds incentive from past setbacks

Matty Lee is a diver with a point to prove.

Katy Marchant.

Cycling: Katy Marchant’s gearing up for key year

LEEDS RIDER Katy Marchant is gearing up for a crucial year, beginning at this weekend’s HSBC UK National Track Championships in Manchester.

Into last four: Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Nick Westby: Hard work enables fearless Kyle Edmund to reap his deserved rewards in Melbourne

Quarter-finals day in the first grand slam of the year was supposed to be where the journey ended.

City of Leeds diver 'Lois Toulson: Has new targets for 2018.

Dive into the medals with me, says Lois Toulson

The year ahead holds myriad opportunities for Leeds diver Lois Toulson, but as much as medals and accolades are the target, the discovery of a new partner could hold the key to her f uture.

SADDLED FOR SUCCESS: Leeds teenager Tom Pidcock enjoyed a successful 2017, winning junior world titles in cyclo-cross and road racing last year.  Pictures: SWPix/Bruce Rollinson/Jonathan Gawthorpe

Teenager Tom Pidcock proving to be best of British

Of all the memories he forged in a dominant 2017, the one that stands out most for teenage Yorkshire rider Tom Pidcock is a triumph that best represents the depth of talent coming through the British cycling ranks, rather than his own personal glory.

DETERMINED: Yorkshire's Jack Brooks. Picture: James Hardisty.

Jack Brooks impressed by Yorkshire’s pre-season focus

Yorkshire’s first-team players have returned to pre-season training with a greater intensity and focus, says strike bowler Jack Brooks.

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Yorkshire's Jack Brooks successfully appeals taking a wicket against Surrey at Headingley earlier this year. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA.

Rhythm crucial for Yorkshire’s Jack Brooks to find right strike rate again

Yorkshire strike bowler Jack Brooks is confident he can return to the sort of form that saw him take 60-plus wickets a year and helped the team win successive county championships.

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Rebecca Gallantree.

The future of diving in Leeds is in safe hands, insists Rebecca Gallantree

Triple Olympian Rebecca Gallantree says the future of diving in Leeds remains as strong as ever as the city’s club enters its second decade at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

Alistair Brownlee at Team England's triathlon squad announcement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, at the Brownlee Triathlon Centre in Leeds. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Weekend Interview: Alistair Brownlee - still hungry after all these years

It is on these bitingly cold winter mornings, when the threat of an icy rain hovers overhead, that us mere mortals are set apart from the elite sports people among us.

Two time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora at NFL UK's flag football programme launch event at the John Charles Sport Centre, Leeds. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Weekend Interview: Osi Umenyiora flying the flag for NFL growth in the UK

In a country where football rules, where an Ashes series 10,000 miles away dominates the agenda, and in which two different codes of rugby compete for their slice of the attention, it becomes apparent just how daunting a marketplace that is to break into.

Great Britain's Ollie Wood. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.

Ollie Wood sets off in in pursuit of fulfilling his Tokyo dream

For years now, Yorkshire has been able to boast one of the greatest team pursuit cyclists in the history of the discipline – Ed Clancy.

Setting the tone: Nile Wilson at Leeds Gymastics Club where he trains, ahead of the world championships in Montreal which start next week. (Picture: James Hardisty)

World Championships: Balanced Nile Wilson hoping to meet all-around ambition

One year on from the highs of winning an Olympic medal, Nile Wilson heads to Montreal this weekend seeking a performance that will underline his place among the world’s elite.

Lizzie Deignan won the world title in 2015 (Picture: Chris Etchells)

Deignan up off the operating table for world bid

Twenty-three days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Yorkshire’s Lizzie Deignan bids to win the UCI World Road Race title for a second time in Bergen, Norway, today.

Yorkshire Carnegie head coach, James Lowes. Picture: Tony Johnson.

London Scottish v Yorkshire Carnegie: Season of high hopes from low outlay begins at Headingley

Sir Ian McGeechan has backed head coach Jimmy Lowes to create excitement for Yorkshire Carnegie fans in what is expected to be a season of treading water for the Headingley club.

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Yorkshire Carnegie executive president Ian McGeechan (left) and chairman David Dockray.

Yorkshire Carnegie pin their hopes on three-year promotion plan

The new Championship season kicks-off in three days’ time with one of the biggest names in the competition admitting that a promotion push this year is financially beyond them.

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Sir Ian McGeechan (left) and David Dockray, chairman for Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley (Picture: Gary Longbottom)

Calling for cash to back Yorkshire Carnegie’s Premiership dream

Yorkshire Carnegie have issued a fresh plea for local investment as they bid to keep alive their ambition of reclaiming a place in the Premiership.

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On the move: Head coach Matt Newby has left Leeds Force's BBL team

Coach Matt Newby out as Leeds Force write new chapter

LEEDS FORCE have parted company with their first head coach and one of the architects of their elevation into the British Basketball League, Matt Newby.

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