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Women in Sport

Factors influencing participation

Women’s participation in sport and physical activity is influenced in a multitude of ways. What motivates girls and women to participate will also change over time and factors influencing participation have individual, cultural and social origins. Program designers and providers can leverage the influence of people and environments to help motivate girls and women to participate in sport and physical activity programs.

Australian and international research and reports have identified a number of factors that either motivate or provide barriers to women's participation in sport. These factors can be broadly categorised as practical, personal and socio-cultural.

Motivators and barriers

Socio-cultural factors

Physical literacy

Role models


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