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  • Sport drives down the line to social change
    Sport drives down the line to social change
    24 Jan 2018

    Playing table tennis 40 years ago, on a table built by his Dad in the shearing shed, Stephen Lowe would never have imagined the sport would lead to a fundraising effort to fight human trafficking and exploitation of young people.

  • Connect with your children through club sport
    Connect with your children through club sport
    24 Jan 2018

    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.
    24 Jan 2018

    Never ask your children to pursue a sport if you are not prepared to have a go yourself. It's a 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 a swimming meet with primary-school aged competitors!

  • Family teams up for the love of hockey
    Family teams up for the love of hockey
    24 Jan 2018

    The Ioane family's love of hockey led them and their team 4,400km away from Mudgee to 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
    24 Jan 2018

    Courtney Lewis, 13, has broken Australian records and snared state and national gold medals in athletics.  But she attributes her biggest sporting achievement to the day she finished her first 60m hurdles race at age 11.

  • Choose sport. it's worth it.
    Choose sport. it's worth it.
    24 Jan 2018

    It seemed like the impossible dream when the Clark family-of-seven entered as a team in the local open basketball competition. Heidi Clark tells how sport has built her family's fitness and stamina, and develop resilience and determination.

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Gold Coast 2018 is the 5th Commonwealth Games to be hosted by Australia.

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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.
650 thousand Australians either coach, teach or instruct sport.