Sport in Queensland
Sport is an important part of the culture of the Australian state of Queensland. Golf is the most played organised sport and touch football the most played team sport. Netball is the most popular female sport, while rugby league is the most watched sport. The largest sporting event held in Queensland annually of the Gold Coast 600 motor race.
- 1 Australian rules football
- 2 Cricket
- 3 Rugby league
- 4 Rugby union
- 5 Swimming
- 6 Triathlon
- 7 Major events
- 8 Other events
- 9 Queensland Sports Awards
- 10 Teams in national competitions
- 11 Sporting Venues
- 12 See also
- 13 References
Australian rules football
Australian Football has a long history in Queensland. The first foray made by the then VFL came in the form of the Brisbane Bears, who began playing Premiership matches in 1987. Despite some rocky times in the northern state, the game now appears to be entrenched within the Queensland, thanks to a hat-trick of AFL Premiership wins from 2001-2003. The introduction of the Gold Coast Suns in 2011 highlights the game's growth in Queensland.
Cricket is popular in Queensland. Many domestic and international matches are held here at the Gabba. The Queensland Bulls are based in Brisbane and represent Queensland in Australia's domestic cricket tournaments:
- Sheffield Shield, 4-day matches with first-class status, since the 1926/27 season
- Ford Ranger One Day Cup, a one-day (50 over per side) tournament with List-A status, since its inception in 1969/70
- KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, a 20 overs per side tournament, since its inception in 2005/06
Rugby league is the most spectated sport in Queensland. Queensland Rugby League has been in operation since 1908, creating strong roots in both city and regional communities. There are currently three teams in the National Rugby League competition, two of which have been part of the NRL since its inauguration in 1998:
- Brisbane Broncos - based at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane, Queensland - founded in 1988
- Gold Coast Titans - based at Skilled Park Gold Coast, Queensland - founded in 2007
- North Queensland Cowboys - based Dairy Farmers Stadium Townsville, Queensland - founded in 1995
There are currently two official Queensland NRL expansions bids to be based at -
The other major rugby league team is the Queensland Maroons who play New South Wales Blues in the fiercely contested three game State of Origin competition. The Maroons have recently won their third straight Origin series, as well as their eleventh from the past twelve.
The other major state based competition is the Queensland Cup.
Swimming is also a popular sport in Queensland, with a majority of Australian team members and international medalists hailing from the state. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Queensland swimmers won all six of Australia's gold medals, all swimmers on Australia's three female (finals) relays teams were from Queensland, two of which won gold.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2005 and 2007 World Long Course Swimming Championships, Australia won both the 4 × 100 m freestyle and medley relays. In five of these teams, three out of the four swimmers were from Queensland, and in the medley relay in 2007, all were from Queensland.
Triathlon has been a popular sport in Queensland since the early 1980s with the state playing host to the Noosa Triathlon - the world's largest triathlon (also the country's longest-lasting event at the same venue), Mooloolaba Triathlon, Hervey Bay Triathlon and the Gold Coast Triathlon to name but a few.
1982 Commonwealth Games
2001 Goodwill Games
2018 Commonwealth Games
- Birdsville Races - annual horse races at Birdsville which were first held in 1882.
- Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race
- Gold Coast Indy 300 - open-wheel motor race at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit held between 1991 and 2008.
- Gold Coast 600
- International Rally of Queensland
- Queensland 400
- Quicksilver Pro and Roxy Pro
- State of Origin - Best of three rugby league games between New South Wales and Queensland which began in 1980.
Queensland Sports Awards
Each year the Queensland Sport Awards are held. The major award is the Sport Star of the Year:
- 1995 Susan O’Neill - Swimming
- 1996 Susan O’Neill - Swimming
- 1997 Michael Doohan - Motorcycling
- 1998 Michael Doohan - Motorcycling
- 1999 Loretta Harrop - Triathlon
- 2000 Susan O’Neill - Swimming
- 2001 Grant Hackett - Swimming
- 2002 Matthew Hayden - Cricket
- 2003 Patrick Johnson - Athletics
- 2004 Jodie Henry - Swimming
- 2005 Grant Hackett - Swimming
- 2006 Emma Snowsill - Triathlon
- 2007 Matthew Hayden - Cricket
- 2008 Stephanie Rice - Swimming
- 2009 Greg Inglis - Rugby league
- 2010 Stephanie Gilmore - Surfing
- 2011 Samantha Stosur - Tennis
- 2012 Sally Pearson - Athletics
- 2013 Adam Scott - Golf
- 2014 Mat Belcher - Sailing
- 2015 Jason Day - Golf
- 2016 Cate Campbell - Swimming
- 2017 Jeff Horn - Boxing
- 2018 Cate Campbell - Swimming
Teams in national competitions
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005-06
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 2009-10
- "Queensland Sport Awards Winners 1995-2008" (PDF). qsport.org.au. QSport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.