Swimming isn’t just a great way to cool off on a warm day. It’s also one of the most popular sports in Australia – and it’s easy to understand why. Our country is surrounded by water, and we’re blessed with a richness of beaches, pools and water sport facilities. Swimming is one of the great Aussie pastimes, and it’s a fantastic way to stay fit, healthy and make new friends. Whether you’re young or old, fit or unfit, healthy or unwell – swimming can benefit everyone.
Hockey season is upon us, and people all over Australia are strapping on their shin pads, putting in their mouthguards and taking to the hockey field. Hockey is a great sport for all ages and levels of ability to play. If you enjoy watching hockey and have ever considered playing the sport, now might be a great time to start. Its fast-paced and action-packed nature make it fun to watch and challenging and enjoyable to play. Here are some great reasons why you (or your child) should consider playing hockey.
AFL season is starting, and for the next seven months we’ll be treated to one of the most entertaining sports around. AFL is uniquely Australian, and combines a great mix of athleticism, strategy, strength, endurance and skill. With a long and proud history dating back to 1857, AFL is enormously popular throughout Australia, at both junior and senior levels. There are 18 teams currently in the professional league, based across five states of Australia.
Tennis season is fast approaching, and for tennis fans, the Australian summer is the best time of the year. Not only are the days lengthening, giving us more time to play the game, but we’ll be able to watch as the international tennis tour makes its Australian swing. Culminating with the iconic Australian Open, tennis fans are in for a treat.
Playing cricket is one of the great Aussie pastimes, and we Australians are pretty good at it. With strong national teams that generate huge media interest and many iconic players both past and present, Australia has a reputation as a leading cricketing nation. Cricket is Australia’s most popular sport in summer, and 328,000 adults and 631,000 children regularly play the game. Not only is it a highly competitive sport, it’s also a great recreational pastime as well. How many of us have played a game of cricket at the beach, the park or in the backyard? And while many of us would find the summer incomplete without sitting down to watch the Boxing Day Test, or a 20-20 match, have you ever considered playing the game yourself? Or getting your children involved? If not, read on for some compelling reasons to give cricket a try this summer.