take their sport seriously. This fact is reinforced by the degree
of success experienced by Australian athletes in the international
arena. Many experts believe that the climate and the healthy lifestyle
generally enjoyed by the Australian population provides the perfect
breeding ground for our athletes.
in most countries around the world sports have their strong supporters
in various states. The most popular spectator sport is Australia
Rules Football. This is a high speed, extremely physical sport mostly
played in the cooler Southern climates of Victoria, South Australia,
Western Australia and Tasmania. It is a difficult sport to describe
but it is entertaining to watch. Australians are very vocal about
their favourite teams, with supporters showing up in large numbers
during the cooler winter months to watch the teams do battle.
pinnacle of the sporting year for the Australian Rules Teams is
the Grand Final which see the two best teams in a playoff.
New South Wales and Queensland Rugby League is the most popular
sport. Every year there is a major tournament called the "State
of Origin" which sees the best New South Wales players put into
one team to play a matching Queensland team. Three games are played
and the winner takes home the coveted State of Origin Cup for 12
months until the process is repeated.
is also extremely popular with the Australian Team having a lot
of success in recent years. There is considerable rivalry between
Australia and any other cricket playing country and Australians
can tend to be a bit one eyed when it comes to supporting not only
their cricket team but all of their sporting teams.
play many other sports. In fact there are over 5.5 million people
(over 25% of the population) registered to play organised sport
on a regular basis. Over 44% of Australians attend sporting matches
on a regular basis. The most popular organised form of physical
activity in Australia is Aerobics.
you are travelling to Australia and you are interested in a particular
sport there are plenty of opportunities to visit a local match (depending
on the game and the season) during your stay. Local newspapers are
the best source of information to find out what is going on.
remember that Australia is an extremely large continent. Whilst
it may be snowing in the mountains of NSW it is tropical and balmy
in the far north. This means that virtually all sports are played
throughout the country at various times of the year.