Gymnastics the fastest growing sport in Victoria

Gymnastics is the fastest growing major participation sport in Victoria and the fourth most popular sport for children according to AusPlay data released this week by Sport Australia.

The AusPlay report was released on 30 April and is the most comprehensive sport and physical activity survey across the country. 

Gymnastics participation has grown by 59.79% since 2016, with 128,248 Victorian children between 0-14 participating in Gymnastics outside of school hours during 2018. 

This number reflects 11% of the Victorian population of this age group according to the report, and Gymnastics Victoria estimates the total number of Gymnastics participants across the state to be close to 750,000.  

In the report Gymnastics is listed as the fourth most popular sport for children in Victoria showing it to be more popular for the 0-14 group than dancing, soccer, tennis, netball, cricket and athletics. 

Gymnastics Victoria CEO Jamie Parsons welcomed the results of the AusPlay data. 

“Those inside the Victorian Gymnastics community have been aware of our burgeoning growth as a sport for several years so it is nice to have it recognised nationally in this Sport Australia report,” said Jamie.

“There is no better sport than gymnastics for developing fundamental movement skills for children. These numbers highlight the importance of having facilities that can cater for our ever-growing participant demand.”

Nationally, Gymnastics is also one of the fastest growing participation sports and also ranks as the fourth most popular sport for children between 0-14 ahead of AFL, netball, basketball, tennis, athletics and cricket. 

CEO of Gymnastics Australia Kitty Chiller was pleased the result highlighted the important role of gymnastics for children. 

“Gymnastics Australia is pleased to see the sport ranked so highly in the nation’s top sports and physical activities, especially in the 0-4 age bracket which reflects our leading role in the development of physical literacy skills,” said Kitty.

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