Ashley Barty – Tennis Player to Cricket Player
Ashley Barty made a huge decision in July 2015 to leave tennis, and began training with Australian women’s cricket team Queensland Fire. The nineteen year old had a promising tennis career, being a doubles finalist at Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open in 2013. Since taking up cricket, Barty has been described by coaches as a natural, and following a promising debut, was signed by Brisbane Heat. With her tennis earnings in 2013 being $600,000, and with cricketers earning around $10,000 per year, time will tell if it is a viable long term option. Barty however, has not ruled out a return to tennis in the future.
Michael Jordan – Basketball Player to Baseball Player
Arguably the most famous name in basketball, Michael Jordan shocked the world when he announced his retirement from the sport in October 1993. In February 1994, he caused more confusion, when he signed a contract with minor league baseball team, Chicago White Sox. He made his debut with the White Sox affiliate team Birmingham Barons, and also made appearances for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Ultimately Jordan’s baseball career was short lived, and he returned to play basketball in 1995.
Victoria Pendleton – Cyclist to Jockey
Winning two gold and two silver medals in sprint cycling, Victoria Pendleton is Britain’s most successful female Olympian ever. In March 2015, Pendleton announced her intention to become a jockey, and took part in her first competitive race in August 2015, finishing second.
Dwayne Chambers – Sprinter to American Football/ Rugby League
After a drug ban in 2003 prevented him from competing in athletics, Chambers decided to pursue other sports despite public backlash. After attending a series of NFL Europa training camps, he gained a professional contract with German NFL Europa side Hamburg Sea Devils. To make matters worse for Chambers, the NFL closed the league down on 29 June 2007, and Chambers needed to look for other options. In March 2008 Chambers joined Castleford Tigers, a rugby league side on a trial basis. He made his debut in a reserve game against York City Knights. The transition to rugby league was not a successful one, and it was announced by Castleford following the game, that they would not be offering a permanent contract.
Rebecca Romero – Rowing to Cycling
Rebecca Romero started her career in rowing, and saw success winning a silver medal, as part of the quadruple skulls at the 2004 Olympic games. Suffering from a persistent back injury, Romero retired from rowing in 2006, and decided to switch to track cycling instead. She participated in her first event in December 2006, and won a silver medal at the UCI Track World Cup event in Moscow. She went on to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and by winning gold in the individual pursuit, became only the second woman to win Olympic medals, in two different sports.
Curtis Woodhouse – Footballer to Boxer
A former professional footballer Woodhouse made most of his appearances for Sheffield United, but also played for Birmingham City, Grimsby Town, alongside making four appearances at U21 level for England. In 2006 he decided to leave the sport of football, and follow his dream of being a boxer. He took part in 29 professional fights with a record of 22 wins, 13 by knock-out, and 7 defeats. Most recently, Woodhouse has moved into football management, and currently manages Northern Counties East League side, Hull United.
That concludes our list, if you can think of any more multi-talented sport stars, be sure to leave them in the comment section below.