Sport and Recreation has an essential role in forming and maintaining
the fabric of our communities and our society overall. A vibrant Sport
and Recreation culture can provide social benefits far beyond the
sporting field – to underpin happy, healthy, cohesive and resilient
Sport and Recreation must position itself as a leading player in
achieving these social benefits – where physical and mental health,
social inclusion and community connectedness are at the heart of our
policies and programs. It must lead the way in the fight against obesity
through preventative health, promote inclusion of all sections of
society and play a leading role in building and maintaining strong
There are enormous social and economic benefits to having a vibrant
sport and recreation culture. Sport has played a huge role in the
formation of the Australian identity—we are a sporting nation of people
with a happy-go-lucky attitude to life.
Sport provides the environment where our kids learn that it takes
hard work to collect a medal, ribbon or other award in front of their
family members, peers and coaches. Sport teaches us that there is no
shame in not coming first, second or third, or losing a match, when you
have given your all. This is a lesson people can take far beyond the
This builds resilience, shared pride and achievements, and a culture of good sportsmanship and being ‘true sports’ in our youth.
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