Australian Bureau of Statistics
4156.0.55.001 - Perspectives on Sport, July 2012
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More children participating in organised sport and dancing
Children's participation in organised sport and dancing increased from 67% in 2000 to 70% in 2009, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Children aged eight to 11 had the highest participation rate in 2009, with 71% participating in organised sport and dancing. The lowest participation rate was among children aged five to seven (64%).
Busy kids are also the most active. Children who participated in extra-curricular activities were more likely to be physically active. Of the 126,700 children who participated in drama activities in 2009-10, 87% were also involved in organised sport or dancing.
Putting the nerd stereotype to rest, 71% of children who did homework were also involved in sports compared to only 56% of students who did not do homework activities.
Most people with a disability are also participating in sport. Over two-thirds (68%) of people with a disability participated in sport and physical recreation activities in the twelve months prior to 2010. Males and females had almost the same level of participation, at 68% and 67% respectively.
The ACT had the highest proportion of people with a disability who participated in sports and physical recreation activities.
For further information see Perspectives on Sport (cat no 4156.0.55.001).
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