Australian sport will never have the commercial clout to bring the economy out of recession or solve a regional unemployment problem. But it is more than a fringe player in the economic game.
Sport remains the most evocative public demonstration of difference between the sexes, so its importance to feminist politics cannot be neglected.
The relationship between commercialised sport and junior sport has largely been left to the periphery of Australian sporting analyses.
There is much work to do if Australia is to eradicate various barriers to participation in sport.
When athletes take a stand on sociopolitical issues, they have a public profile by which to showcase their views. But they face criticism that it is not their ‘place’ to comment on sensitive matters.