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5251 – Athletes

Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis. They play team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and lacrosse; or compete in individual sports such as skiing, figure skating, boxing or track and field; or in games such as poker or chess. Athletes are employed by professional team organizations or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes competitors such as chess players and poker players.

  • Illustrative example(s)
    • athlete
    • baseball player
    • boxer
    • figure skater
    • football player
    • golfer
    • harness race driver
    • hockey player
    • jockey
    • professional athlete
    • skier
    • sprinter
    • track athlete
  • All examples
  • amateur athlete
  • archer
  • athlete
  • automobile racer
  • badminton player
  • baseball player
  • basketball player
  • billiard player
  • bowler
  • boxer
  • canoeist
  • chess player
  • chuckwagon driver
  • chuckwagon racer - stampede
  • competitor - chess
  • competitor - gambling
  • coxswain
  • curler
  • cyclist
  • demolition driver
  • discus thrower
  • diver, olympic sport
  • driver, chuckwagon
  • driver, demolition
  • driver, harness race
  • driver, harness racing
  • driver, race car
  • driver, sulky
  • fencer
  • figure skater
  • football player
  • footballer
  • gamer - video games
  • golf player
  • golfer
  • gymnast
  • hammer thrower
  • handball player
  • harness race driver
  • harness racing driver
  • helmsman - sports
  • hockey player
  • javelin thrower
  • jockey
  • judoka
  • jumper
  • pentathlete
  • performer, rodeo
  • performer, stampede
  • ping-pong player
  • poker player
  • prize fighter
  • professional athlete
  • professional boxer
  • professional pool player
  • professional sportsman/woman
  • race car driver
  • racer, automobile
  • racer, stampede
  • racer, stock car
  • rider
  • rodeo performer
  • rower
  • sailboarder
  • short-distance runner
  • shot put
  • skater
  • skier
  • snowboarder
  • soccer player
  • sprinter
  • stampede performer
  • stampede racer
  • standardbred pacer
  • stock car racer
  • sulky driver
  • swimmer
  • table tennis player
  • tennis player
  • track athlete
  • volleyball player
  • water-polo player
  • weight-lifter
  • wrestler
  • Exclusion(s)
    • Coaches (5252)
    • Sports instructors (See 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness)
    • Sports officials and referees (5253)
  • Main duties

Athletes perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Train under the direction of a coach or trainer to qualify for competition
  • Attend scheduled practice and training sessions
  • Participate in local, regional, provincial, national or international competitions and sporting events
  • Assess performance after an event to identify strengths and weaknesses.
  • Employment requirements
    • Demonstrated ability in a particular sport, or type of game, is required.
    • Extensive training under the supervision of a coach is required.
    • Certification with a particular sports federation may be required.
    • A background combining athletic training and college or university studies is strongly recommended.

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