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List: Top Ten Favourite Sports and Physical Activities in Australia

Date: 2000

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Base: Data was obtained from information collected during 1999-2000 in the Australian Population Survey Monitor (PSM).

Notes: Data comes from report: 4177.0 - Participation in Sport and Physical Activities, Australia, 1999-2000. 54.7 per cent of persons aged 18 years and over (7,541,700) participated in sport or physical activities. Males had a higher participation rate (58.5%) than females (50.9%). Participation rates were highest for the 18-24 year age group (73.5%). The rate for persons aged 65 years and over was 33.8%. For organised activities, the five most reported activities were aerobics/fitness, golf, lawn bowls, tennis and netball. 26.2% of persons (3,613,100) participated in a sport or physical activity as members of a club or association.

Rank

Sport

No. Participants (000s)

1

Walking

2,598.7

2

Swimming

1,911.6

3

Aerobics - Fitness

1,444.9

4

Golf

1,324.8

5

Tennis

1,020.4

6

Fishing

729.8

7

Cycling

678.9

8

Running

655.0

9

Tenpin bowling

400.6

10

Netball

376.0


 

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