IELTS Speaking Part 2 & 3 Sample – Topic: Describe a sports person you admire

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a sports person you admire
You should say:
• Who is he/she.
• What did he/she do.
• What do you know about his/her life story.
• How much do you know about sports.

Band 8 Sample:
Being a big fan of basketball, I have long idolised the legend of this sport – Michael Jordan, also known as MJ. I first got curious about his life when I saw a logo portraying him on a product of the brand, Nike, and his life turned out to be intriguing to me.

He played in the position of shooting guard in one of the most renowned teams, the Chicago Bulls, and was famous for his exceptional leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line. Early in his NBA career, while playing for the University of North Carolina, he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading “A star is born” just over a month into his professional career. It was not only his talent but also his dedication that made him a strong clutch performer. He spent hours
studying films of his opponents to improve his defense. Even when his right knee was injured, Jordan did not miss any games in the season from 1986 to 2001. Throughout his career, he led the Chicago Bulls to six championships, was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player five times and was the first player to be honoured with both the NBA’s Defensive Player of the year award and Most Valuable Player awards. All the compliments that journalists gave him were not an overstatement.

Although Michael Jordan retired in 2003, his skills and his legacy are still a great inspiration for any basketball player or person considering pursuing a basketball career. He is also active in charity activities. His clothing line, Jordan brand, has made donations to different organisations across America. It’s difficult to describe how amazing Michael Jordan is in words, just watch a few of his videos playing in NBA games or his interviews, you’ll figure it out yourself.

Vocabulary highlights:
• Idolise: Admire, revere, or love greatly or excessively.
• Renowned: Known or talked about by many people; famous.
• A great inspiration: Someone that people aspire to be and are motivated by

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 Do teenagers like exercising in your country?
I would say yes, I know many teenagers who are really keen on doing exercise like jogging or dancing. Some of them are not too busy so they can do it on a daily basis but others get occupied with their hectic studying schedule, so they can only exercise once a week or even less.

 Would you like to stay at home or go outside for holiday?
Well it would depend on my mood, actually. I confess that I am quite unpredictable. I mean if I feel happy I will consider going out with my friends and enjoy a movie. On the other hand, sometimes when I am in a bad mood, I’d rather stay in with lots of interesting activities to enjoy a holiday, like watching television or simply sleeping.

 Do you think physical education is necessary? Why?
Yes for sure, it is of great necessity I would say. Physical education can improve our immune system and keep our mind clear and active so that we can respond better to stress when we come back to work or school. Though it may sound a little exhausting, doing exercise can become addictive when we get used to it.

 How do you think physical classes affect children’s development?
Like I just said, physical classes with a wide range of physical exercises can improve children’s mental health, which allows them to absorb the lessons better. On top of that, in my nephew’s physical class, I saw some exercises that really stretched her body so I believe such classes are also beneficial to children’s height.

 What kind of exercises do people like?
Well, we can easily catch sight of people in my country jogging along the pavement every morning. So I believe this is the most favorite exercise here because jogging is totally free-of-charge and doesn’t need any special equipment. Some people jog in the early morning while others prefer the afternoon or evening, so it’s quite flexible.

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