An athlete is defined as a person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility and endurance that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contests.
A coxswain, on a crew team, is the person in charge of navigation and steering. The literal meaning is boat servant.
We have an acquaintance who has a relative who is a coxswain. My wife and I overheard a conversation in which this person was going on and on about what a great athlete her relative had become since becoming a coxswain.
So the question arises: does a coxswain fit into the currently accepted definition of an athlete?
Clearly it's even a source of contention among the coxswains.
One internet company sells T-shirts with the logo, "I do not look like an athlete, but I am a coxswain on a crew team."