Sport in Australia
Sport is a huge part of Australian culture, and they’re pretty good at it too. Everyone gets involved, whether that is using the free gyms in the park or waking up early to go surfing. They even have outdoor swimming pools dotted along the coast for free usage.
According to national statistics, 1 in 4 adults participate in regular organised sport. It is no wonder that sport is referred to as ‘Australia’s national religion’.
Strangely, the most popular sport in Australia is Aussie Rules Football. You may not know much about it but it’s massive. They are the only country in the world that plays Aussie rules, so obviously they are the best at it.
Rugby league, motorsport, cricket, rugby union, soccer and tennis are hugely popular, with major sporting events such as the ‘Australian Grand Prix’ and the ‘Australian Open’.
In cricket, field hockey, netball, rugby league and rugby union the Australian’s have been Olympic or world champions at least twice in each sport in the last 25 years for both men and women. That is a stunning statistic…
Australia is also powerful in track cycling, rowing, and swimming, having consistently been in the top-five medal-winners at Olympic or World Championship level since 2000.
A lot of backpackers get involved in sport whilst in Australia. There is a big emphasis on outdoor activities and surfing is a really popular sport that backpackers take up. There are free gyms and outdoor pools for all to use and keep active. In terms of team sports a lot of people play rugby union or soccer. There are thousands of clubs and it is a great way to integrate with the locals.
Australian’s are fiercely passionate about sport and it is their desire to be the best at everything that make them such a dominate force in the sporting world.