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Sport and Multiculturalism

Video clip synopsis – How accessible is sport for people from different cultural backgrounds?
Year of production - 2008
Duration - 2min 30sec
Tags - Australian culture, civics and citizenship, Learning Journey Sport, multiculturalism, sport, see all tags


Sport and Multiculturalism

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About the Video Clip


Talkback Classroom is a forum program run by the Education section of the National Museum of Australia. Each year panels of three secondary students selected from schools Australia-wide, interview leading decision-makers on important current issues. The panels participate in a ‘learning journey’ (researching the issues and developing interview skills) to explore the issues and prepare for the forum.

This video clip comes from a 2008 learning journey on the topic of Sport. The student panelists were Natasha Rooney (Yr 12 Lowther Hall Grammar School), Sarah Robertson (Yr 12 Girton Grammar School) and James Blaker (Yr 11 Melbourne High School). The interview guest was the Hon Kate Ellis, Minister for Youth and Sport. The forum was held on 28 May 2008. Prior to the forum the panelists undertook an extensive learning journey. During the learning journey they investigated topics such as multiculturalism and sport, politics and sport, women in sport and sport funding (including both government grants and sponsorship from alcohol companies).

Curriculum Focus


Teachers should consult their state’s curriculum and learning programs.

Background Information


Sport is a major part of life in Australia, occupying a large amount of people’s spare time, either through active participation or through following organised sporting competitions. Sport in Australia connects diverse and disparate communities and its importance in daily life has meant it has often been described as our national ‘religion’.

The prominence of sport in society and our nation’s response to sport reveals much about our Australian identity. The values that are important in our society are often reflected in the games we play. Professional participation versus amateurism, commercialism, politics and the opportunity of a fair go for all are all underlying themes connected to sport in Australia.

Additionally, when Australian athletes compete on an international level and their performance is measured against athletes of other nations their success translates into Australia’s success. The importance of sporting success in relation to our national consciousness is a defining element within our collective and individual notions of Australian identity.

Sporting professionals often have a high profile in Australian society and sport coverage plays an important role in the media. This means that sport intersects with many other issues in society, such as politics, gender representation, funding, equity and access.

Classroom Activities


Before you watch

  1. Find out about the history of AFL. When was it first played?
  2. Find out what sports are played in your local community.

While you watch

  1. How many Victorians, according to Natasha Rooney, come from a multicultural background?
  2. Why does Glenn Manton say ‘the day of the wog’ is over?

After you watch

  1. Have a class discussion: do you think that some sports exclude people from different cultural backgrounds?
  2. In small groups, design a poster promoting a sport that is played in your local community. Try and make the poster appeal to as many types of people as possible. Discuss the elements you will need to include in your poster before you start.
  3. Select a sport that is popular in Australia and research it. Find out how long it has been played in Australia and who participates in it. Make sure your research covers where in Australia the sport is played.

Further Resources


Go to the National Museum of Australia’s Talkback Classroom website

Go to the Australian Sports Commission website