Basketball is the national sport of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, according to the Sport Australia AusPlay survey released this week.
Research results listed basketball as the highest participation sport for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults (aged 15+) with an estimated 24,200 participating nation-wide, representing 5.6% of adult participation.
Basketball edged Netball (18,600 / 4.3%), Touch Football (16,200 / 3.8%), Football (13,600 / 3.2%), Cricket (13,100 / 3%) and AFL (11,600 / 2.7%) for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander adult participation.
Australian Indigenous Basketball (AIB) CEO Joel Khalu said the report outcomes are a great reflection of the hard work put in by the organisation over the past five years.
“The survey results certainly reflect that the work we are doing is leading to more Indigenous people participating in Basketball,” Khalu said.
“It’s pleasing from our perspective to see the growth happening and being documented.”
“This is just the beginning however and while it’s a fantastic achievement, there's no time to rest and AIB will stay committed to the ongoing creation of opportunities, and working in partnership with Basketball Australia, the NBL, state bodies & all other key stakeholders to make sure basketball grows to remain the number one sport of choice for First Nations people.
The AusPlay survey is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive sport and physical activity survey and has been conducted by Sport Australia since 2015. Its aim is to provide accurate and reliable information regarding physical activity amongst Australian residents. People can find out more on the latest AusPlay national results HERE.