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Sports in Australia – History, Rules, Sports, and Famous Athletes

Check up on the history of sports in Australia, from the early years to the most famous figures and curious facts to delight any sports lover.  Read what history has to offer in this article.

Early Years

Before the 1800s, aborigines were extremely attached to sports by including it into their daily life. After 1810, when sports competitions were established in Sydney, football, horseracing, and gambling were developed as a sport as well.

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First Established Sports

Basketball was played in 1900 for the first time in Adelaide, followed by Ice Hockey in 1906. Rugby was then launched in 1924 with the Australian Rugby League and by 1927, Tennis Championship started to be held in the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne.

Australian women’s sports have always been advantageous over other sports organizations around the globe by WWII. Boxing Day was launched by 1945 at the same time that the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race began.

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Recent Sports Events

The summer Olympic Games were hosted by Sydney in 2000, taking home 58 medals and in 2003, The Wallabies lost to England in the Rugby union World Cup Celebrated in Australia.

Famous Figures

Ben Simmons is breaking the NBA games while increasing his popularity in Australia, the same as Jason Day who has the highest rank in golf with the number 11 in the whole world. Another famous sports figure is Daniel Ricciardo who won the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.

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Curious Facts

Wrestling on horseback was officially a sport by 1889. Another curious fact is that in 1915, St. Kilda Football Club had to change its colours since it was associated with Germany by the time of WWI.

Australian sports history has interesting stories that are worth to be discovered over time, full of international winners and curious facts to brighten up any sports’ history lover. Share these highlights to get more out of Australian sports history.