Definition of sportsperson in US English:



  • A sportsman or sportswoman (used as a neutral alternative).

    • ‘The sportspeople voted into the top three places have represented 20 different sports.’
    • ‘He reminds aspiring sportspeople they need to get an education.’
    • ‘It is this type of character which has become one of the hallmarks of our sportspersons when competing on the international stage.’
    • ‘Pat from St Andrews International School has once again proven herself to be a great sportsperson, as she recently received a special award from the prime minister.’
    • ‘In foreign countries, sportspersons take up rowing as a profession.’
    • ‘Hence, the development of the professional sportsperson.’
    • ‘It proposed that high-level amateur sportspeople - such as inter-county GAA players - should be entitled to an annual tax credit of €2,000.’
    • ‘Her other hurdle is one that haunts many an amateur sportsperson seeking success.’
    • ‘Before that I had been an avid sportsperson and community worker.’
    • ‘Other sportspeople have been equally generous.’
    • ‘This, he explains further, can be characterized as an ability to comprehend and negotiate cultural fields, comparable to a sportsperson's ‘feel for the game.’’
    • ‘But it's not just former sportspeople powdering their noses.’
    • ‘This ‘activity modification’ may be quite straightforward for an amateur sportsperson, who can lay off their game for a few weeks.’
    • ‘I think sportspeople are more sensitive to it, to be honest.’
    • ‘We readily enjoy sharing the achievements of our sportspeople; we should likewise encourage the talent of our thinkers.’
    • ‘Once the Games started around 1,200 questionnaires were distributed among the sportspersons for feedback.’
    • ‘Yet sports performance involves the whole person, and its complete study must take account not only of the body but also of the mind of the sportsperson, and the societal aspects of the sport itself.’
    • ‘Every sportsperson and spectator owes the official a profound debt of gratitude, but instead we often greet them with jeers and personal abuse.’
    • ‘Of course, the result of the Sports Personality Of The Year all depends on how sportspeople do.’
    • ‘Was there any evidence about the extent to which sportspeople, not limited to elite sportspeople, have access to sponsorships of one kind or another in modern sport?’
    sportswoman, sportsman
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