Sports Competition Framework

Sports Competition Framework         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Angela Calder, Lecturer in Coaching Science, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast (April 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 15 February 2018
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Competition is a logical extension of sports participation and an integral part of the athlete development pathway. 

Over time, competition results serve as progressive benchmarks for comparison of an athlete’s qualitative performances (that is, technique, skills execution, approach, strategy, etc. ) or quantitative performance (improved time, distance, score, games or matches played/won, etc.).

Competition can serve as motivation for continued sports participation. If competition is misused or misinterpreted, it can drive participants away from organised sports participation.

Key Messages 


Competition is a key component of sports participation that is part of the athlete development pathway.


Competition events form part of the business structure of sports.

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