Professional sportspeople earn all or part of their living through participating in sporting events, either as individuals or as members of a team.

Duties & Tasks

Professional sportspeople may perform the following tasks:

  • maintain a high degree of expertise in their particular sport
  • attend regular practice sessions and undertake private training to maintain the required standard of fitness
  • take part in scheduled sporting competitions
  • repair sporting equipment or organise its repair
  • undertake sports promotional activities, demonstrations and television appearances
  • coach individuals, groups and/or teams by demonstrating techniques and supervising practice.


Sports Commentator

A sports commentator describes the progress of play during broadcasts of sporting events and explains the technicalities and the tactics of the sport to the audience.

Sports Development Officer

A sports development officer works for clubs, associations or state or territory sporting bodies promoting their sport or their club. They may visit schools, address pupils on the benefits of playing a particular sport or for a particular club and organise demonstrations and activities relating to the skills of the sport.

Working Conditions

Most sportspeople compete as amateurs (unpaid) until they reach a sufficiently high standard to be offered payment for their performance.

Personal Requirements

  • physically fit
  • dedicated to attaining and maintaining a high standard of skill and endurance in a particular sport
  • good communication skills for promotional work
  • willing to travel.

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