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Triathlon: Short Course

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About Short Course Triathlon Triathlon combines three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running into one event. In Australia, the competition…

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Trail Running

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About Trail Running Trail running is becoming increasingly popular, as runners leave the pavements behind for wide-open spaces in the…

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Surfing

surfing

About Surfing Surfing is a sport emphasising balance, flexibility, and endurance. It can be enjoyed either recreationally or at an elite level….

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Snowboarding

Winter Sports

About Snowboarding Snowboarding is a winter sport that has been enjoyed both recreationally and competitively since its inception in the 1960’s….

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Skiing

About Skiing There are five disciplines of skiing including alpine, cross-country, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle and snowboarding. Alpine skiing…

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Shooting

About Shooting Shooting originated as a means of survival, and it was practised in order to hunt game for food. As…

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Sailing

About Sailing Sailing relies on harnessing both physical and mental prowess to move a boat through water using the power of…

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Rugby Union

Rugby League

About Rugby Union Rugby Union is a contact team sport that originated in England and is now played in over…

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Rugby Sevens

Rugby League

About Rugby Sevens Rugby Sevens, more commonly referred to as ‘Sevens’, is a variant of Rugby Union. Rather than 15…

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Obstacle Racing

About Obstacle Course Racing  Obstacle course racing popularity has grown significantly throughout the past decade. Traditionally used as a means…

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Mountain Biking

mountainbiking

About Mountain Biking Mountain biking (MTB) is divided into cross-country and downhill disciplines. Within each discipline there are an array…

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Distance Walking

About Distance Walking Long Distance Walking and Race Walking is regularly completed by novices to elite Olympians. Olympic race walking…

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Bodybuilding

bodybuilding

About Bodybuilding Advice contained in this fact sheet is intended to support natural (i.e. drug free) bodybuilding. The sport of…

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Crossfit

About Crossfit CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program created in 2000 by Greg Glassman and has gained widespread exposure…

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Boxing

About Boxing Boxing is a striking combat sport that is contested in both amateur and professional competitions with the Olympic…

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Rowing

rowing

About Rowing Rowing requires great power and strength, and uses both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Racing is a…

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Jockeys

Jockeys

About Jockeys Jockeys are required to have strength, cardiovascular fitness and specific handling skills because of the strenuous nature of…

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Volleyball

Indoor Volleyball

Volleyball is a game of skill and accuracy as well as strength and agility. There are 6 players on court with up to 12 players per side in an elite team allowing for regular rotation of players. Height is an advantage on court; in addition, having reduced body-fat levels can help optimise speed and agility.

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V8 Supercars

V8

While some people may sit back and watch a bunch of (most often) men driving around a track as a bit of fun, V8 Supercar racing is no longer a recreational past-time. It is a perpetually evolving physically and mentally demanding sport that is continuing to push the limits of technology and engineering. It is also becoming increasingly common for teams to consider not just what is fuelling the car, but what is fuelling the driver!

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Triathlon: Long Course

Triathlon

Triathlon combines the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running into one event.  In Australia, the competitive season typically starts in late October and continues through until April. 

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Track Cycling

track cycling

Track cycling involves a range of events ranging from anaerobic sprint events but longer events require a high level of aerobic fitness and tactical skill. All events are raced on an indoor or outdoor circular track called a velodrome on specific track bikes which are single speed and have no brakes.

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Touch Football

touch football

Touch Football is a sport played widely in Australia, both recreationally and competitively. Competitions are run year round with matches being played over two 20-minute halves separated by a five-minute interval. Touch football tournaments may require players to play up to three to four games in a single day.

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Tennis

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About Tennis Tennis is a bat and ball sport played between 2 people (singles) or 4 people (doubles). Tennis is…

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Taekwondo

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Taekwondo is a Korean art of self-defence which requires a high degree of fitness and co-ordination. Taekwondo competition consists of 3 x 3 minute rounds involving a rapid series of punches and kicks with 1-minute rest in between each round. During a tournament athletes maybe required to compete from 5-8 times over a day to reach the finals.  The therefore requires a level of anaerobic fitness but a high level of aerobic fitness is also needed to enable the athlete to recover and maintain performance throughout several rounds and over a tournament.

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Swimming

Swimming Pool

Swimming requires a dedicated commitment to training, with elite swimmers training 6 to 12 times per week. Depending on the race distance, training sessions can cover up to 10km and include 1-2km of high-intensity sprints. As well as water based session, weight training sessions are completed several times a week by elite swimmers. Training commitments are usually lower at a school or club level.

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Surf Life Saving

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Surf life savers are specially trained volunteers who patrol Australian beaches to ensure a safe beach environment for the whole community. Surf Life Saving Australia has more than 115,000 members, of all ages, in 310 surf life saving clubs around the Australian coastline.

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Sprint Canoe/Kayak

Kayak

Elite sprint canoe and kayak athletes typically train 2-3 times per day, 6 days per week.  Training usually involves a combination of on-water, resistance training and cross-training sessions.  On-water sessions may include endurance or aerobic training as well as near maximal or race-pace efforts.  Both individual and team boat training will be incorporated. 

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Softball

softball

Softball is a high intensity, fast game played between two teams of 9 players. Similar to baseball, a match is played over 7 innings with teams alternating between batting and fielding each time a team goes “out”, therefore, the duration of a match can vary greatly. Theoretically all members of the team bat and field, but pitching (which is always underarm) is the role of specialist pitchers

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Soccer

soccer

Soccer (also known as football) is a team-based sport played in two 45-minute halves with a 15 minute break between halves. A team involves 10 players on the field plus a goal keeper.

Soccer is played all year round with the number of weekly matches varying between competitions. In Australia, the main competitive season (A-League) is played between October and March and involves a one match per week match usually on weekends.

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Rugby League

Rugby League

Rugby League is a popular Australian sport played by both professionals and amateurs.  The competitive season runs from March to September with one game per week.  Teams have 13 players including 6 forwards and 7 backs. Forwards usually weigh between 90-110kg.  They need to be heavier due to their involvement in the scrums and tackling. Backs usually weigh between 80-95kg. They need to be more agile and so tend to be smaller and leaner.

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Road Cycling

Road cycling

Don’t try anything new on race day. Always experiment with types and timing of food and fluid intake during training.

Road cycling has a reputation for the widespread use of all kinds of supplements. Often there is no scientific justification and the supplements are usually not necessary. For advice on supplements for cycling, make an appointment with an expert – an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

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Netball

Netball

Netball games are played in four 10-15 minute quarters. Teams may be up to 12 players, with 7 players on the court at any one time. Because of the stop-and-go style of play, both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems are used during a game or training. This means that both recreational and elite players require endurance, strength, speed, agility and ball-handling skills.

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Motocross

motorcross

Motocross is one of many motorcycle sports, including motorcycle racing, track racing, rally, enduro and trials.

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Middle Distance Running

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Middle distance running includes events ranging in distance from 800m to 5000m, taking around 90 seconds to 15-30 minutes to complete, depending on training level.

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Hockey

hockey

Hockey (also known as field hockey internationally) is a team-based sport played in two 35-minute halves with 10 players on the field and one player in the goals at any one time, with a short break at half-time.

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Gymnastics

Gymnastics rings

Gymnastics is a dynamic sport that incorporates seven disciplines; men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampolining, sports aerobics, sports acrobatics and cheerleading.

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Golf

Golf

Golf is primarily a game of skill that can be played for recreation as well as at elite level in national and international tour events and professional level on the world tour circuit. Golfers can play at a professional level either through an apprenticeship or by attending Player’s School. Professional golfers can associate themselves with golf clubs and provide golf tuition and run clubs. Others spend their time competing within the professional circuit. 

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Diving

Diving

Diving is separated into many events, including:

Springboard (1m and 3m)
Platform (5m, 7m and 10m)
Synchronised events for both men and women

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Distance Running

Marathon

Distance running covers events including the 10km, 15km, half-marathon (21.1km) and full marathon (42.2km) distances.

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Cricket

Cricket

Cricket is played competitively in summer and while it is a game of skill, it also involves extended periods of time spent playing, with games lasting anywhere from 3 hours to 7 hours continued over 4-5 days, often in very hot conditions. 

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Basketball

Basketball

Basketball is played by teams of 10-12 players, with five players on court at any one time. A basketball match is comprised of four quarters of 10-12 minutes each, with a break of 10-15 minutes at half time With many stoppages throughout the game, players will often be on-court upwards of 60 minutes. Games can be played on both indoor and outdoor courts.

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Baseball

Baseball

Baseball is a skill-based sport that emphasises motor skills, coordination and agility. In addition, baseball players also need a high power-to-weight ratio to be both quick and strong. In Australia, baseball is played at junior level through to elite, with most athletes aiming for selection to play for a major league team in the USA.  Baseball is one of the few sports without a pre-defined time limit. Multiple games may be played per day and game time can vary from 1½ hours to over 3 hours.

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AFL

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Australian Rules Football (AFL) is a professional sport played extensively throughout Australia and to a lesser degree overseas. The game is played predominantly by men, but there is an increasing level of interest and participation by women. AFL is played from primary school upwards at a variety of levels both amateur & professional.

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