Gymnastics 4th most popular sport for children in NSW

Gymnastics remains 4th most popular sport for Children in New South Wales

Gymnastics NSW


Gymnastics NSW reported following the release of the AusPlay Survey April 2018. AusPlay is a national population tracking survey funded and led by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). It is a key part of the the ASC’s strategy to get more Australians participating in sport more often.


Extract from the NSW Gymnastics Website:

The results are in and 8.3% of NSW children are jumping into our gyms each week. In the 2018 AusPlay Survey,  Gymnastics maintained it’s position as the 4th most popular sport for children in NSW, one rank higher than our national position of 5th.


Broken down by gender, 13.9% of female athletes under 14 participate in gymnastics, securing us in 3rd position. Popularity with young men continues to grow also, currently sitting as the 8th most popular sport. In the 0-4 age bracket, KinderGym sits as the 3rd most participated activity for both boys and girls, maintaining our status as an essential foundational activity.


Gymnastics NSW has enjoyed 15 years of consecutive growth, growing over 10% in 2017 alone.


Gymnastics NSW Chief Executive Officer, Mr Aaron Bloomfield acknowledges what a huge achievement this is for our sport.


“To maintain the 4th most played sport within NSW is an outstanding achievement for our clubs and coaches. Gymnastics is essential for the development of fundamental movement skills and we are proud to have so many households within NSW enjoying the sport each day.” Noted Bloomfield.


The AusPlay report is an annual national survey funded by the Australian Sports Commission that investigates the participation trends of  children.


The NSW AusPlay ranking was as follows:

1. Swimming
2. Football/Soccer
3. Dancing
4. Gymnastics
5. Athletics
6. Netball
7. Basketball
8. Cricket
9. Rugby League
10. Tennis


The National AusPlay ranking was as follows:

1. Swimming
2. Football/Soccer
3. AFL
4. Dancing
5. Gymnastics
6. Basketball
7. Netball
8. Tennis
9. Athletics
10. Cricket

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