Why Do Australians Love Their Sport?

This week many football fans will be scrambling for access to much sought after tickets to the AFL Grand Final. According to fans, AFL is the most popular sport in Australia followed by rugby union.

Australia’s love of sport goes back more than 150 years when the first football, rugby and cricket clubs were created the 1870s. Since then sport has been embedded in the Australian culture. A culture built upon shared values, stories and rituals.

The venue is everything to an Australian sporting event as it is also a place where people can connect and socialise. The grand final will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and resonates a powerful feeling amongst fans sitting in the stands to cheer on their teams like the Romans did watching a gladiator battle.

It is a game where friends, family and strangers come together with a shared passion. Even rivals will congratulate each other when one team beats another. Sport brings the community together with a sense of shared identity and strengthens their bond. They identify with not only their team, but other fans and a feeling of belonging.

The momentum continues off the field and makes its way into the workplace where colleagues put in their footy tips each week. Then on a Monday after the games are over, they gather around the water cooler to share banter about whose team did the best. Sport creates an environment for collaboration and the breakdown of workplace silos.

When it comes to values, Australians look for honesty in their sporting heroes and turn away from those whom display bad behaviours. They admire their sporting legends’ success and encourage the success of their next rising star.

Whether Australians watch or participate in sport, it boosts their self esteem and national pride. Sport is open to people of all ages, class, gender, race and background. It breaks down barriers between social classes, prejudice and celebrates diversity

As a result, when barriers are broken down on the playing field, it translates to life off the field where everyone can live, work and play together with national pride and morale. All of which is associated with Australia’s obsession with sport.

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Where Beauty and Tragedy Meet

For a natural and unspoiled beach head south of Adelaide to Port Willunga.  Golden white, soft sand that meets cool, blue sea lapping gently against the shore.  A stretch of beach somewhat hidden away from the crowds is popular with families in summer.  However, the beach is not the only drawcard.  Perched on top of the hill is the Star of Greece restaurant, its name from the grain ship that tragically ran aground 200 metres off the coast. Continue reading “Where Beauty and Tragedy Meet”

Beneath a Tuscan Sky

The wine region of South Australia, such as the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale are well-known around the world for producing high quality wines.  Yet it is sometimes hard to believe that some of the big labels are located in my backyard.  Quite literally in the case of McLaren Vale which is a short hop away. Continue reading “Beneath a Tuscan Sky”

The Hills are Alive with the Sparkle of Christmas

It is always a great experience to travel the world throughout the year.  Yet when it comes to Christmas I prefer to stay in Adelaide for the holiday season.  A perfect time to catch up with family who you have not seen all year because of the busy lives we all lead. This holiday season is no exception.  I will spend the time at home to share the turkey love and all the trimmings. Continue reading “The Hills are Alive with the Sparkle of Christmas”