Sports in Australia
I've had the opportunity to experience some of the unique sports and outdoor activities that this beautiful country has to offer. Read on to find out some of my favorite sports I've come to learn about in Australia so far:
First up, let's talk about rugby. I had never even heard of rugby before coming to Australia. But, let me tell you, it's intense! Rugby is a sport that is played with an oval-shaped ball, and the aim is to score points by carrying the ball across the opponent's goal line or by kicking it between the opponent's goal posts (like American football without pads). It's a full-contact sport that
requires a combination of strength, speed, and skill. The players are big, strong guys, and let me tell you, they don't hold back! It's like watching a bunch of bulls charging at each other. But it's also so much fun to watch and cheer on. The passion of the fans is also something else, they are so loud and enthusiastic.
Next up, surfing. Now, this is something I was a bit more familiar with, but actually getting out there and catching a wave? It's a whole different story. The ocean in Australia is beautiful, and the waves are challenging, but it's so worth it when you finally stand up on that board.
Aussie Rules Football
And last but not least, Australian rules football. This was definitely the most confusing sport for me to understand at first. But, once I got the hang of it, I couldn't help but get swept up in the excitement. Australian rules football is a sport that is played on an oval-shaped field, and it is unique in the way that the field is shaped and the ball is kicked. The players wear unique uniforms, which are different than the traditional jerseys and pants worn in other sports. The game is fast-paced and action-packed, with a unique scoring system that makes for a thrilling experience.
Studying abroad in Queensland, Australia, at the University of Queensland or the University of New South Wales in Sydney is an awesome opportunity. It has been an incredible opportunity to experience new sports and outdoor activities. If you're ever in Queensland, I highly recommend giving these three a try! And if you are thinking about studying abroad in Australia, I say go for it! You won't regret it!
- From an SAF Student Correspondent