Sportspersons are professional athletes who are paid to work as individuals or on a team for the purpose of entertaining fans. They usually specialise in one sport. Depending on the sport, the position may be part-time or full-time.

Duties and tasks

  • Actively engages in practices and training's
  • Complies with the given rules and regulations
  • Demonstrates expertise in a given sport or athletic event
  • Participates in sporting competitions
  • Represents the organisation and/or team in a positive manner

Skills required

  • Good decision skills
  • Physically fit
  • Several years experience in a given sport or athletic event
  • Willing to travel
  • Works well under pressure

Working conditions

Sportspersons often are expected to work irregular hours, which often include evenings and weekends. During the sports season, a work week will go well beyond 40 hours a week. Sportspersons will typically spend a lot of time travelling from one event to another and must be prepared for weather conditions.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Sport and Recreation (NSW) 

Department of Sport and Recreation (WA) 

Northern Territory Institute of Sport 

Queensland Academy of Sport 

Sport and Recreation Services (ACT) 


Tasmanian Institute of Sport 

Victorian Institute of Sport 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Outdoor Adventure Leader
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Commentator
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Official