4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2009  
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Contents >> Chapter 2 - Main features >> Participation in sport and recreation


  • There were 10.5 million persons aged 15 years and over (66% of the adult population) who participated in physical activities for recreation, exercise or sport at some time during the 12 months prior to interview in 2005-06. Of these persons, 4.4 million (42%) participated in organised sports and physical recreation.
  • The most popular physical recreation activity for both males and females was walking for exercise, however, the participation rate was much higher for females (33%) than it was for males (17%).
  • There were 1.7 million children aged 5-14 years (64%) who participated in organised sport outside of school hours during the 12 months ending April 2006.
  • The most popular organised sport for boys was soccer (outdoor) which had 268,500 participants (20%), whereas for girls it was swimming with 236,800 participants (18%).

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