The surprising secret lives of Olympic athletes who work two jobs just to make ...

Some of Australia's top Olympic athletes are living secret lives and having to work two jobs just to make ends meet.

Top athletes are being forced to juggle their sporting exploits with second jobs, with careers including being a children's author to a mechanic and banker.

While they're away from their countless hours at the pool or on the court, these top athletes are earning their keep with everyday jobs.

While they're away from their countless hours at the pool or on the court, top athletes such as Netballer Maddy Proud (pictured) are earning their keep with everyday jobs

While they're away from their countless hours at the pool or on the court, top athletes such as Netballer Maddy Proud (pictured) are earning their keep with everyday jobs

Proud, captain of the NSW Swifts, is a published children's author and has just completed her second novel

Proud, captain of the NSW Swifts, is a published children's author and has just completed her second novel

Netballer Maddy Proud, captain of the New South Wales Swifts, is a published children's author and has just completed her second novel.

In between training six days a week, the 25-year-old wrote her first novel called 'Grace on the Court'.

'In a way it's a career you can do on your own terms, it definitely works well with my netball commitments,' she told The Daily Telegraph. 

While she said wages for Netballers had 'come a long way' since she began her career, most players relied on second jobs to make ends meet.

In her first two years of playing the sport, Proud remained committed to full-time work and says she's glad to have something to fall back on.

Troy Wilkinson, 28, has been a professional bull rider for ten years and has won two Australian titles, been the NSW captain and represented the country twice.

However, when he's not busy competing, Wilkinson is building the Sydney Metro as a heavy vehicle diesel mechanic.

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