A sporty lot in NSW?

Sports participation is up in NSW, reports the latest Exercise, recreation and sport survey for the state, with the most popular activities being walking , aerobics, swimming and running, followed by cycling and golf.

First conducted in 2001, this is an annual national survey which collects information on participation by everyone older than 15.

In 2009, 4,551,300 people in NSW participated in a sport or physical activity – 81.4 percent males and 79.6 percent of women.

Participation declines with age with the highest rate at 85.5 percent of 15 to 24 year-olds, and the lowest at 71.3 percent for those aged 65 years and over.

Since 2001, the survey shows, participation has increased 4.5 percent.

• In 2009, there were 2,211,800 people in NSW who participated in an organised sport or physical activity – 39.5 percent of males and 37.1 percent of females.

The highest rate at 56.3 percent of 15 to 24 year-olds and the lowest at 30.7 percent for those aged 55 to 64 years, with participation increasing two percent in nine years.

• While 81.4 percent participated at least once in a sport or physical activity in 2009, the weekly participation rates shows a different picture.

People aged 55 to 64 had the highest rate (33 percent) for participating in a sport or physical activity five or more times a week and most went walking.
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