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Sports are known to cater to different parts of players’ existence. Some sports are known to build physique, some cater more to cardio, while others cater to the mental side. Since different sports have different physical and mental requirements, they each attract certain types of individuals, depending on their interests and traits. With that said, a warm welcome to the new students! With the university offering a plethora of sports to choose from, these are general traits within a few of the most popular sports to play:

Tennis: Precision and Poise

Tennis players often exhibit precision in their actions and poise in their demeanour. The constant need for accuracy on the court translates into a meticulous and detail-oriented approach to life off the court. Their sense of style regarding their dress code also goes hand-in-hand with their character, very stylish, while avoiding being too much.

Basketball: Team Spirit and Adaptability

Basketball enthusiasts thrive on teamwork and quick thinking. Their ability to adapt to ever-changing game dynamics reflects a resilient nature that extends beyond the court, making them excellent problem solvers in everyday life. This can be seen with popular and loved basketball players such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant. They are basketball legends, but boy, are they loved beyond the court!

Football: Leadership and Strategy

Football players are often natural leaders, capable of orchestrating a team with precision. Their strategic thinking, both on and off the field, showcases an ability to plan ahead and navigate challenges with confidence.

Cricket: Patience and Focus

Cricket players display a unique blend of patience and intense focus. The sport’s strategic nature requires players to wait for the opportune moment, fostering a calm demeanour and strategic thinking in their personal and professional lives. Cricket fanatics can identify this more with test cricket. Imagine playing a single game for five days? It does not get more intense than that!

Rugby: Toughness and Physicality

Rugby enthusiasts embody toughness and resilience. The physical demands of the sport translate into a robust character, while the strong sense of family within the team fosters lasting friendships and a team-first mentality. Rugby players tend to say that the sport is a “gentleman’s game” because they grab themselves a few cold ones, right after knocking each other all over the park.

Chess: Strategy and Patience

Chess players are known for their exceptional critical thinking and unmatched patience. The slow-paced nature of the game instils a calm and collected approach to problem solving, making chess enthusiasts excellent planners in various aspects of life. Watching them play is fascinating, as they are not necessarily moving, but it is like seeing their mental gears at play.

Fencing: Precision and Grace

Fencers showcase precision and grace in their movements. The intricacies of the sport develop individuals with a keen eye for detail and an appreciation for the finer aspects of life, both in and out of the fencing arena.

Hockey: Speed and Teamwork

Hockey players embody speed and teamwork. The fast-paced nature of the game cultivates individuals who can think on their feet, while the collaborative effort required builds strong team players capable of working seamlessly with others. As much as every individual is unique, these general traits associated with various sports can help first-years interested in joining a UP sport team to identify where they may feel most at home!