Sport plays a fundamental role in Australian culture. It is an integral part of our social fabric. Australians love sport, both as spectators and as participants.
According to surveys, more than 11 million Australians aged 15 or over participate at least once a week in physical activity for exercise, recreation and sport— that’s almost 70 per cent. Australia has more than 120 national sporting organisations and thousands of state and local bodies.
Leading up to the World Cup in Brazil and beyond we explore this fascination with sport. It brings people together from different careers, cultures and age groups. It exposes the best and worst of us and strips back the layers of social standing. Sport levels the playing field of life.
Does professional sport mirror our society? If yes, what does this say about us, if we consider incidents of sexism, corruption, performance-enhancing drugs and racism? But we also want to highlight the essentially Australian notion of giving a ‘fair go’, of mateship, bringing communities together and the tolerance towards cultural and racial differences displayed in sport.
Sport reflects our changing society. It can be argued that it reveals the Australian character. Cultural values are expressed – sometimes magnified – through the lens of sport. Please share your thoughts with the online community and contact Svetlana at email@example.com to discuss your blog idea for this forum.
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