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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2008  
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Contents >> Sport and Recreation >> Recreation >> Children participating in selected leisure activities

In the two school weeks before interview in April 2003, an estimated 65,400 Tasmanian children aged 5-14 years participated in at least one of the selected leisure activities outside of school hours.

The most popular leisure activity for children in Tasmania was watching television or videos, with a participation rate of 97.0%. This was followed by reading for pleasure (78.2%), playing electronic or computer games (69.5%) and bike riding (65.7%).

For boys, the most popular of the selected leisure activities were watching television or videos (96.4% or 32,400) and playing electronic or computer games (78.3% or 26,300). For girls, the most popular of the selected leisure activities were watching television or videos (97.2% or 31,100) and reading for pleasure (85.9% or 27,500).

CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN SELECTED LEISURE ACTIVITIES(a), Tasmania - April 2003

Number

Participation rate
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons

Selected leisure activities
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

Skateboarding or rollerblading
8.9
5.4
14.3
26.5
16.9
21.8
Bike riding
23.8
19.3
43.1
70.8
60.3
65.7
Watching TV or videos
32.4
31.1
63.6
96.4
97.2
97.0
Playing electronic or computer games
26.3
19.4
45.6
78.3
60.6
69.5
Art and craft
14.1
18.8
32.9
42.0
58.8
50.2
Reading for pleasure
23.7
27.5
51.3
70.5
85.9
78.2


(a) Children aged 5 to 14 years who were involved in selected leisure activities outside of school hours during the two school weeks before interview in April 2003.

Source: ABS data available on request, Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities Survey.


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