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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
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Australian Rules football has the highest attendance of any sporting event in Tasmania with about one-quarter (25.6%) of Tasmanian adults aged 18 years or over reporting that they had attended at least once in the 12 months before interview in 2002. Other popular sports in Tasmania were motor sports (13.5%), horse racing (9.1%) and cricket (outdoor) (6.6%).

The rate of attendance was higher for males for the majority of the 11 main sports. Of the sports that were predominately attended by males, nearly twice as many males attended Australian Rules football (57,000 males and 31,300 females) and motor sports (30,500 and 16,100).

ADULTS ATTENDING MAIN SPORTS(a), Tasmania - 2002

Number
Attendance rate
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons

Sporting event
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

Australian Rules football
57.0
31.3
88.3
33.9
17.7
25.6
Basketball
6.2
7.0
13.1
3.7
3.9
3.8
Cricket (outdoor)
17.4
5.3
22.7
10.4
3.0
6.6
Dog racing
2.9
3.1
6.0
1.7
1.8
1.7
Harness racing
5.6
4.4
10.0
3.3
2.5
2.9
Horse racing
18.4
13.0
31.4
11.0
7.4
9.1
Motor sports
30.5
16.1
46.6
18.2
9.1
13.5
Netball
3.5
3.9
7.4
2.1
2.2
2.2
Rugby Union
*2.5
**0.5
3.1
*1.5
**0.3
0.9
Soccer (outdoor)
4.9
3.5
8.4
2.9
2.0
2.4
Tennis
*2.3
2.8
5.1
*1.4
1.6
1.5

* 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) Persons aged 18 years and over who attended sporting matches or competitions (excluding junior or school sport) in the 12 months before interview in March - July 2002.

Source: Sports Attendance, Australia (cat. no. 4174.0).



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