What determines an Athlete?


For some, the status of “athlete” is earned by the number of accolades an individual has achieved. So, what about all the values that enable an individual to ascend in his or her chosen sport?

  • Passion
  • Commitment
  • Discipline
  • Focus
  • Work-Ethic

Taking these core-values and applying them to a sport is what takes an individual and turns them into an athlete.  These skills apply to more than the individual competing in his or her sport at the national level or striving to make the Olympic stage in the near future. What about the senior who is committed to staying active and healthy as they get older in years? How about a young boy who’s never swam a day in his life and is disciplined in developing this new skill set. There is an athlete in all of us!

The Athlete Outside of Sports

The character that is forged through sports comes with many transferable skills. Now, sports are important – but for the majority of us they will be recreational at best. Here are some of the ways that being an athlete can positively spill over into other areas of your life:

  • Promotes teamwork and social development;
  • Teaches us how to lose with dignity and most importantly get back up afterwards;
  • Helps you to be successful as you have to consistently put in the time and effort needed.

Whether you’re trying to be diligent with your school work or proactive in your job, sports can help you achieve the mindset required for success.


Being an athlete is NOT something reserved for the most physically gifted among us. We can all be athletes and enjoy the role of sports in our lives.