This short quiz will take a look at some of the factors you need to take into account when choosing a sport to take up. Sport is a brilliant way of keeping fit and enjoying yourself at the same time. Best of all, there are so many different sports out there that it would be virtually impossible not to find a sport that you enjoyed in some form or other. Sport is inclusive too - meaning however out of shape you are, there will always be a place for you in some sporting organisation.
1. You start a new job...
and find yourself working in a team of four, among whom the workload is equally shared. How do you feel?
a) Great - this is exactly the type of job you were hoping for
b) A little dismayed - what if you are not particularly good in one area - who helps out?
c) Frustrated - you'd rather show what you can do on your own
d) Glad the load is shared so that the end result will not show who has done which bits, in case you make a mistake
2. You are assigned an event to organise and made event director...
How do you go about starting to plan it?
a) Ask all of the other people involved to take on a section of the event.
b) Find out what everyone else's strengths are and ask them to take on tasks based on that.
c) Crack on with it on your own - it's easier to keep track that way.
d) Delegate in such a way that no one will be compared against anyone else.
3) What position on a committee would appeal to you the most?
a) Anyone on the second tier, where the workload is split along with responsibility.
b) Treasurer - you have a head for numbers.
c) Chairman - you like to know exactly what is going on all of the time.
d) Some kind of representative post so you can minimise conflict.
You are clearly someone who enjoys working in a team and does better when not burdened with the weight of responsibility. If you like things to be shared out equally amongst all members of a team then a sport such as volleyball could be the one you are looking for. It is a sport whereby everyone can score points and defend, therefore, the onus is never on any one person to do something. Thus, it truly is a team effort.
You work best in a team but in a team where everyone knows their place. You accept that there are some things you are not as good at and some things in which you excel and therefore have to step up and take responsibility. Therefore, you will be best taking up a team sport such as cricket where, although everyone works as a team, they also have their own special places within that team which they must take responsibility for.
You are someone who does not like to have to depend on others and work best when pitted against yourself and with yourself. You thrive on competition and want to make sure you are always doing better than last time - in something that leaves you no room for teammates. therefore, you would be best if you took up a sport such as athletics where you compete as an individual and do not have to worry about anyone else.
You are uncomfortable with the idea of competition but this does not mean that you cannot take up sport. There are plenty of sports which you can do which do not have an element of competition, either against yourself, opponents or teammates. Look at taking up something such as yoga or dance so you can take part in classes, measure your own ability but never actually have to compete in any form.