Com­ing to grips with sports

TIME TO THINK OUT­SIDE THE BOX

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOCAL SPORTS STARS -

DE­SPITE how it may seem to the ca­sual ob­server, there are many sports for WA chil­dren to sink their teeth into be­yond the so­called ‘big five’ of foot­ball, soc­cer, cricket, net­ball and bas­ket­ball.

While num­bers are al­ways strong for these pop­u­lar sports, there are a raft of other lesser­known op­tions that par­ents and chil­dren might not con­sider try­ing but have big fol­low­ings on an in­ter­na­tional scale.

A Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation spokesper­son said many of these sports see a surge in pop­u­lar­ity fol­low­ing the Olympics and Com­mon­wealth Games and there were many ac­tiv­i­ties, such as kite­board­ing, which started as an ex­treme pur­suit but had be­come more thought of as a sport.

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