How to become a sportsperson

Compete at the highest level in a sport that ignites your passion.

Pathways to this career

  1. Build, develop and refine your skills with the guidance of a coach.
  2. Consider studying related areas like sports development, coaching, refereeing/umpiring or sports administration. Or complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in sports-related fields like human movement, sports science, physiotherapy, sport psychology, physical education or sports journalism.
  3. Applying for scholarships or programs awarded to elite sportspeople. This opens doors to new training and career opportunities around Australia, as well as overseas.

What does a sportsperson do?

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.

Industry bodies

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