Physical Education - Participating in sport: socio-cultural factors -
How close you live to a particular venue often has an influence on the
sports you play. You may initially play hockey because there is a new
'Astro Turf' field at the end of your street. You may be involved in
equestrian because you live on a property or have access to a property
where you can house a horse. Travel times and access are major factors when
giving an activity a go for the first time. Opportunities for country/rural
people when compared to city/metropolitan people will often be very
different due to the availability of facilities.
It is no surprise that the gold coast in Queensland produces most of the
top iron men and women competitors due to the close proximity of a large
population to the surf beaches. Students from Falls Creek and Mansfield
primary schools are typically well represented and perform well in the
inter school skiing championships. Likewise, Wonthaggi and Torquay schools
tend to be well represented in surfing.
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