There’s no “i” in team, but there is an “i” in win, right? So you’re not really a team player, big deal – here’s some sports that let you shine as an individual 100% of the time.

Some people simply work better alone, but there are many reasons why people choose individual sports over team sports. When you get older it can be hard to find a team or club to join, it may not be convenient to work a sport around a busy work schedule, or maybe relying on people for the win may put competitive natures into overdrive?

Individual sports are obviously great for some athletes though, as some of the richest and well known sports people belong to individual sports.

Here’s our list of five individual sports to try:

1. Surfing

With Queensland’s beaches on our doorstep, why not take up this sport? You can get lessons on the sand and take on the water when you’re feeling confident. You can bodyboard or you can try your hand at stand-up surfing on long boards, short boards or even paddle surfing. Just you and the ocean, no worries.

2. Golf

Step up to the green and give this sport a go! You can take out your frustration at the driving range or have a relaxing round with mates or even conduct a business meeting over a put. You can take it as seriously as you want to, but most courses do frown upon ‘Happy Gilmore’ swings.

3. Boxing

This combat sport offers a great way to stay fit. Contrary to professional boxing, amateur boxing is judged on clean blows rather than physical damage, so you don’t have to be worried about missing teeth or black eyes.

4. Lawn Bowls

This sport is typically categorised as an elderly sport, but it is becoming popular for younger people too. Most clubs offer barefoot bowls over the weekend, which is a great way to give it a go in a relaxed environment. This sport is generally played outdoors and is quite social, but you don’t have to rely on the talent (or lack thereof) of your team to win.

5. Cycling

Brisbane has some great cycling tracks with some amazing views. You can work against a personal best or take it up as a greener way of making the commute to work. You might even become one of those Lycra fanatics and make a whole new set of individualist friends.


Do you prefer to play sport individually? Is it because of your competitive nature? Let us know!