Australia's Sporting Success: The Inside Story by John Bloomfield

By John Bloomfield

The extreme performances of Australian athletes, and an wisdom of the process that fostered them, got here to the world's recognition through the Sydney Olympic video games in 2000. during this informative publication, John Bloomfield strains the advance of recreation in Australia from the early nineteenth century via to the fashionable day associations that force Australia's hugely winning activities method.

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As sport became more sophisticated and competitive, teams needed neutral umpires or referees and so the system of volunteer officials was born. As rules, equipment, tactics and facilities developed, more volunteers were needed to officiate, judge, coach, or organise the clubs which the teams represented, as well as to take responsibility for the equipment and facilities. Because the cost of paying individuals to carry out these functions was too high, a volunteer system steadily evolved. Britain, the early developer of sports and games, was more responsible than any other single nation for the evolution of the volunteer system, and Australia soon followed suit.

A gradual growth of volunteers in this country accompanied the steady development of amateur sport, until the Great Depression, when for reasons stated later, there was a rapid increase in participants as well as officials, administrators and coaches. The same thing happened after the Second World War, when sports associations experienced another period of steady growth. However, as a modern sports system began to evolve in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it became apparent that many people assisting sport had not had the opportunity to undergo any formal training.

B y p e r m is s i o n o f t h e N a t i o n a l L i b ra r y o f A us t ra l i a — s e e A p p e n d i x H f o r p h o t o c re d i t s. 81 82 Sports development 1900–1972 Domestic sport — before 1946 Around the turn of the 20th century, clubs all over Australia were steadily growing and many colonial sports associations had already been formed. The sports which had regular inter-colonial contests, or virtual Australian championships before 1900, were cricket, rowing, Australian (rules) football, bowls, rugby, soccer, cycling and athletics.

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