Characters and Their Sports

I’m not talking about characters and their favorite sports to watch, I’m talking about characters and the sports they’ve played at some point in the past. I know not every genre does this, but it seems just about every detective novel I read the MC has played a particular sport at a younger age. I don’t see anything wrong with this, but I’m wondering if it’s just what I read or if it’s a bigger thing.

The two sports I know some of my favorite characters have played/participated in are baseball and boxing. I can think of one character who was a minor league baseball player until injury ended his career. And another character who was the top amateur boxer in his state. Maybe you’ve even read or written a character who still plays a particular sport? I haven’t seen that because after all, how many people are still playing a sport after being done with school.

Have you read or written characters who have played sports?

3 thoughts on “Characters and Their Sports

  1. I’m currently trying to find the best formula to build a chatacter profile. Sport is one of the nice elements that help to understand him or her better! Thanks for the tip!
    When is relevant I think it helps…I’ve never used it so far and if we don’t count Quidditch for Harry Potter, I’ve never read about one either!


  2. For my character, her standard activity is swimming, although she also practises self-defence in various forms of hand-to-hand and later takes up Kendo.


  3. Sports can be a good form of character development. I’ve written two characters that are avid swimmers because it lends itself to their somewhat compulsive personalities and shows dedication. Another of my characters is a gym rat. I used her exercise habits to show how she was quite literally running in place at that point in her life. Boxing could show a characters underlying violent tendencies where lacrosse could show someone’s underlying hostility. I don’t know what baseball would signify? Patience? Ability to choose your moment?


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