Women's Sport

Women's Sport        
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia 
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Women Sport Australia - the national peak body for women playing and leading in sport (March 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 23 May 2019
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Australian and New Zealand sports organisations, and many other national sports bodies from around the world, recognise that the benefits of sport are best achieved when programs and opportunities are inclusive. Gender should not be a limiting factor for participation in sport and other forms of physical activity.  


Key Messages 


AusPlay data from Jul 2016-Jun 2017 shows that women and girls are as physically active as men and boys; but less likely to participate in organised sports.


Sports organisations should target fun and enjoyment, being social, and health or fitness as key motivators for women to be active.


Barriers to greater women's participation in sport are often social and cultural, including the perception that sport is primarily a 'male' or 'gendered' activity.

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