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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Sport and Recreation >> Sport >> Adults participating in the most popular sport and physical activities

The most popular sport or physical activity undertaken by Tasmanian adults, aged 18 years and over, in the 12 months before interview in 2002 was walking for exercise, with 25.3% of adults (87,100) participating. This was followed by swimming, with 8.2% of adults (28,300) participating, and aerobics/fitness, with 7.5% of adults (26,000) participating.

The most popular sport or physical activity for Tasmanian adult males was walking for exercise, with a participation rate of 17.6% (29,500). This was followed by fishing, with a participation rate of 10.4% (17,500), and golf, with a participation rate of 10.0% (16,700).

The most popular sport or physical activity for Tasmanian adult females was walking for exercise, with a participation rate of 32.5% (57,600). This was followed by swimming, with a participation rate of 10.4% (18,400), and aerobics/fitness, with a participation rate of 9.5% (16,900).


PARTICIPATION IN THE MOST POPULAR SPORT OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES(a), Tasmania - 2002

Males
Females

Persons
Number
Participation
rate

Number
Participation
rate
Number
Participation
rate

Selected sport and physical activities
'000
%
'000
%
'000
%

Aerobics/fitness
9.1
5.4
16.9
9.5
26.0
7.5
Australian Rules football
10.4
6.2
**0.5
**0.3
10.9
3.2
Basketball
5.1
3.0
*2.1
*1.2
7.2
2.1
Cricket outdoor
7.1
4.2
*1.1
*0.6
8.2
2.4
Cycling
12.0
7.2
6.9
3.9
18.9
5.5
Fishing
17.5
10.4
*2.6
*1.5
20.1
5.8
Golf
16.7
10.0
3.8
2.2
20.5
6.0
Lawn bowls
4.6
2.8
*2.8
*1.6
7.4
2.2
Netball
*1.8
*1.1
7.3
4.1
9.1
2.6
Running
10.3
6.1
4.2
2.4
14.4
4.2
Swimming
9.9
5.9
18.4
10.4
28.3
8.2
Tennis
8.7
5.2
7.4
4.2
16.1
4.7
Walking for exercise
29.5
17.6
57.6
32.5
87.1
25.3


* estimate has a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Relates to persons aged 18 years and over who participated in sport and physical activity in the 12 months before interview in March - July 2002.

Source: Participation in Sport and Physical Activities, Australia (cat. no. 4177.0).


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