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Sport for “some”
5th Australia and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) biennial conference (2001)
  • Popi Sotiriadou
  • Shayne P Quick
There is ongoing debate in Australia related to the Federal government sport policies relative to funding of elite sport. Initially, this funding was justified as a means to secure Olympic success. The Federal government embraced the notion that elite success, and in particular athletes at the 2000 Olympic Games, resulted in increased participation. There is no evidence however from subsequent sport participation rates in Australia to support this assumption. The aim of this investigation was to determine the impact of elite funding on mass participation. It can be argued that the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), the Federal government body responsible for delivering funds and programs for sports, may not be fully achieving one of its main goals, to increase mass participation. Furthermore, as different types of National Sporting Organizations (NSOs) enact sport development practices in diverse ways, a national policy is most likely inappropriate. Data were collected from NSOs annual reports and interviews with NSO representatives in the lead up to the 2000 Olympic Games. A comparative method of data analysis was employed. Analysis of three emergent themes revealed that increased funding of participation and strategies aiming at the increasing sport participation of the Australian public, not just small groups of youngsters should be implemented. The results also suggest that a stronger sports development division is essential within each NSO so as to facilitate the process of increasing participation. © Copyright ANZALS, 2003
  • Olympic games,
  • sport development,
  • government funding,
  • national sport
Publication Date
July 1, 2001
Citation Information
Popi Sotiriadou and Shayne P Quick. "Sport for “some”" 5th Australia and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) biennial conference (2001)
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