Cultural Diversity in Selected Australian Sports

Against a background of increasing cultural and linguistic diversity in Australian society, this paper describes an innovative method that helps assess how far this diversity is reflected at elite levels of a selection of key sports.

This approach to developing insight about the cultural origins of individual people, based on the analysis of personal and family name combinations, quantifies the cultural differences in elite-level participation between sports. and also between cultural groups. The paper concludes by outlining some implications for sports administration, player recruitment, and community development.

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