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Participation in exercise, recreation and sport in NSW, 2009

All sport and physical activity:

  • 4,551,300 people participated in sport or physical activity in 2009
  • this was a participation rate of 81.4% (approximately four out of every five people aged 15 and over participated in sport or physical in the 12 months in 2009)

NSW had the seventh highest participation rates (81.4%) behind ACT (87.4%), WA (85.0%), NT (83.0%), Victoria (82.6%), SA (81.7%) and Tasmania (81.5%). Queensland had the lowest rate at 80.6%. The average for Australia was 82.0%.

Popular sport and physical activity

The most popular sports/physical activities in NSW in 2009 were:

  1. Walking (other than bushwalking)
  2. Aerobics/fitness
  3. Swimming
  4. Running
  5. Cycling
  6. Golf
  7. Football (outdoor)
  8. Tennis
  9. Bushwalking
  10. Basketball

Participation, age and gender

Participation rates tend to decrease with age:

  • 15 - 24 years – 85.5%
  • 25 - 34 years – 84.0%
  • 35 - 44 years – 82.5%
  • 45 - 54 years – 83.0%
  • 55 - 64 years – 81.6%
  • 65 years and over – 71.3%

Participation rates are slightly higher for males than females – 83.2% for all males aged 15 and over compared to 79.6% females.
Although 81.4% of the NSW population aged 15 years and over participated at least once in 2009, about half the population (46.3%) participated the recommended three times a week to achieve a health-enhancing benefit.
Females (49.2%) had higher participation rates in sport or physical activity three or more times a week than males (43.3%).

Organised sport

  • 2,211,800 people participated in organised sport in NSW in 2009
  • this was a participation rate of 39.5% (just under the national average of 39.8%)
  • this was a decrease on the previous year's rate of 40.0%

NSW (39.5%) was sixth out of all States and Territories behind NT (44.3%), ACT (42.0%), Victoria (40.9%), Tasmania (39.9%) and WA (39.6%) and ahead of SA (39.1%) and Queensland (38.9%).

Footnotes: (a) "organised' sports and physical activities are those organised by a club, association or other type of organisation.

 

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