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The demographics of women’s sports in Australia are similar to other English speaking British colonies, save for an increase in the percentage playing outdoor water sports due to the equatorial climate in many parts of the country.
We all know of the beneficial effects of regular exercise on the body, as well as on the mind. Part of our mission is to increase the rate at which women participate in team sports in Australia.
Studies have shown that performing exercises decreases the rate of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, forms of cancer, and many more other benefits. However, we do see certain factors play a role as to why someone would perform exercise, such as age, gender, level of education, and how social a person is. This article will be focusing on the sports that women play in the country/continent of Australia.
According to a study funded by the Australian government, 64% of female aged 15 years old and older participated in at least one physical activity within the span of 12 months before being interviewed. The ten most performed forms of physical activities were: walking, fitness/gymnasium, swimming, running, cycling, netball, tennis, yoga, and dancing.
Out of the 64% of females that played, 28% percent of them were signed up through a club, which encourages females to partake in physical activity. However, the rate of participation decline with the increase of age. Females between the age of 25 – 34 had the highest participation rate, while females aged 65 years and older had the lowest, which should be no surprise given the toll the body takes after so many years.
Based off of that same study, employed females who had jobs had a higher chance of partaking in sports (68%), while females who were not employed tended to have a lower percentage (60%). This is most because employed females have the means to buy memberships and travel, which is why they tend to have a higher increase. The participation rate does not change between females who are full-time or part-time workers.
Education, though, was the biggest factor that told us whether a female in Australia would partake in female sports. Females with a postgraduate degree had the highest participation rate (80%).
The trend usually goes that the higher the education you have, the more likely you are to partake in a sport. Of course, this should be no surprise since education shows the importance of exercise. Plus, this ties back to money – people who have a higher education tend to make more money, which leads to them having more money to spend.