4901.0.55.001 - Children's Participation in Sport and Leisure Time Activities, 2003 - 2012 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/12/2012   
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Participation in different sports has changed over time with some sports becoming more popular for either boys or girls or for children in different age groups.

In 2003, the most popular sport was swimming and diving with a participation rate of 17%. It has remained as the most popular sport with an 18% participation rate in 2012. The next most popular organised physical activities for children in 2012 were dancing (15%), and outdoor soccer (14%). There was not enough evidence to suggest that the difference between dancing and outdoor soccer in 2012 was statistically significant.

3.1 Children participating in top 3 organised sports (including dancing) - 2003 to 2012
Graph: 3.1 Children participating in top 3 organised sports (including dancing)—2003 to 2012

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