IELTS Writing Task 2 : Sample 36

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people think that professional athletes make good role models for young people, while others believe they don’t.

Discuss both these points of views and give your own opinion.

Write at least 250 words

Response 1

Role models can be both an understated and exaggerated part of society. Either way, they tend to shape the youth. A sports professional makes as good a role model as any, if not better. However, that is just my opinion. Let us review the topic at hand before reaching a final verdict.

Role models seem to come in every shape and size, these days. Though it is common knowledge that the most common species of role model seem to narrow down to entertainment-inclined rather than academically inclined individuals, such as singers and actors. It cannot be disputed that said individuals infuse the youth with a passion for fame and success on a very public level- also inspiring confidence in them to, well... be more confident. Some parents would argue that sports professionals do not make good role models because they promote a generalized physique, as well as expectations in that regard, for the children to try to live up to. Others would argue that sportsmen and women promote the majority of one's focus to be on fitness and sports achievements rather than academic excellence.

On the other hand, it is a fact that physical wellbeing greatly promotes mental health, leading to better academic performance. After all, fitness- in itself- is something that every parent should encourage their child to achieve. Health- mental, emotional and physical- is the primary concern when it comes to children, after all; fitness plays a primary role in achieving all this. For those children who are not very academically inclined and are rather physically inclined instead, sports professionals as role models promotes confidence in their abilities and achievements. Additionally, sports and sports professionals do not exhibit any immoral practices or language, showcasing fair and interesting activities that will not harm the children's minds.

In conclusion, sports professionals are perfectly reasonable role models for people to have. They promote an imperative part of every person's life: fitness.

Written by Wardah Razzaq.