Coming to grips with sports

TIME TO THINK OUT­SIDE THE BOX

Cockburn Gazette - - 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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d465525

Fre­man­tle Wrestling Club coach Chris But­ler and stu­dents watch Ethan Ho­man (16) and Dy­lan Bloom­field (15).

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