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  • Sport drives down the line to social change
    Sport drives down the line to social change
    13 Feb 2017
    Playing table tennis 40 years ago on a table built by his Dad in the shearing shed, Stephen Lowe would never have imagined that his passion for playing would one day lead to a fundraising effort to help fight human trafficking and exploitation of young people.
  • Connect with your children through club sport
    Connect with your children through club sport
    13 Feb 2017
    As any sport will tell you, volunteers are "the lifeblood". And the Moller family, from Kingaroy in Queensland, are testimony to this.
  • Lead by example, play sport.
    Lead by example, play sport.
    13 Feb 2017

    Never ask your children to pursue a sport if you are not prepared to get stuck in and have a go yourself. It's a simple philosophy that mother-of-two, Michelle Williams, firmly believes in, even if it means diving off the blocks - after a 30 year break from the pool - in an open swimming meet with primary-school aged competitors!

     

  • Family teams up for the love of hockey
    Family teams up for the love of hockey
    13 Feb 2017
    The Ioane family's love of hockey led them and their team 4,400 km away from Mudgee to the island nation of Samoa to help promote the game and encourage participation in local communities.
  • Courtney hurdles obstacles for the love of sport
    Courtney hurdles obstacles for the love of sport
    13 Feb 2017
    Courtney Lewis, at age 13, has broken Australian records and snared state and national gold medals for her achievements in athletics.
    But she attributes her biggest sporting achievement so far to the day she successfully finished her first 60-metre hurdles race at age 11.
  • Choose sport. it's worth it.
    Choose sport. it's worth it.
    13 Feb 2017

    It seemed like the impossible dream a year ago when the Clark family-of-seven decided to enter as a team in the local open basketball competition. Heidi Clark shares her story on how sport has helped build her family's physical fitness and stamina, and develop resilience and determination along the way.

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11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.