A Guide to Sports in Sydney: From Rugby and Australian Football, to Horse Racing and Beyond

Nov 7, 2018 10:12:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

After experiencing a horse race at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse, Martyn highlights the different sports Sydney residents enjoy watching or partaking in, from the cultural staples of Cricket and Rugby to the more unique likes of Lawn Bowling and Australian football.

For this week’s blog post I wanted to put a spotlight on sports in Sydney—specifically, I wanted to touch on my day experiencing Spring Racing on Cox Plate Day at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. The Spring horse races at Randwick were actually my first taste of sports life in Sydney and in Australia as a whole. This is partly due to the fact that I haven’t joined a recreational sports team abroad because of my distinct lack of coordination and because I have the body composition of a geriatric walrus.

But before we discuss the intricacies of track level, horse size, and grooming techniques I think it would be important to touch on two popular Australian sports that don’t have as much clout as some other sports back home. It’s worth noting that Rugby and Cricket are incredibly popular in Sydney and Australia as a whole. Both sports have National and International leagues and teams. There’s definitely a greater interest and passion for these two sports over others – I would compare it to the level of fervor and love that America has for baseball (which isn’t as popular in Sydney as it is in say Boston or Los Angeles this past weekend).

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Posted in: Must Do, Local Culture, Sydney, Australia, Sports Abroad

Experiencing the Australian Sporting Culture Through My Sports Marketing Class

Oct 2, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Sydney Alderman

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Sydney Alderman is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Marketing and Global Management major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In today's post, Sydney talks about how much she liked and learned from her Sports Marketing class and what it was like to experience the Australian sports culture through lessons, field trips, and attending games.

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As much as I sometimes can’t believe it, my experience in Australia, is more than just eating and exploring...I also have to work and go to class. Studying is a vital part of “studying abroad.” 😉 Lucky for me, I’m taking a class on a topic that I find interesting, and with a professor that used our location and experiences outside the classroom to enrich our lectures and make studying not so bad. 😉 For anyone looking to go to Sydney through CAPA, I 100% recommend Sports Marketing with Dr. Andy West.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2018_From Sydney Alderman - Sports Marketing Class Group PhotoA group photo with my Sports Marketing class.

If you know me, you already know that I’m a varsity athlete and a marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, so you may think I’m a little biased towards the topic of Sports Marketing given those two things. But I promise, the class and the professor were just cool despite those things. One of the coolest things we did over the course of the semester was take a few trips to Sydney Olympic Park, home of the 2000 Summer Olympics. We learned about how Sydney won the right to host the games and turned what was once an abattoir, a brickworks, and wetlands into an Olympic venue. Even more interesting, we learned about the post-Olympics development. The area became its own flourishing suburb with places to live, work, eat, relax, see concerts, and of course, watch sports events.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Classes in Sydney, Classes, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

Running a 10k at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Sep 26, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn signs up for a 10k in Sydney and shares what it was like to run and see the city.

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Before you read this blog post I want to preface three things:

1. I enjoy a nice walk.
2. I'm not very bright, in hindsight, for many situations.
3. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon (or anything longer than a 5k).

Now, since that is already taken care of...I recently signed up to run Blackmores Bridge Run 10k on Sunday, September 16th. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an event run by the nonprofit organization Athletics Australia and originated from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It officially began in 2001 as a continuation of the Olympic marathon in an attempt to promote health and fitness. The 10k starts at Bradfield Park, travels over the main deck of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, loops through the Botanical Gardens, and finishes at the Sydney Opera House.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

Getting Into Gaelic Football and Supporting the Women's Team

Sep 21, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Jessica Kisluk

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Jessica Kisluk is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Broadcasting and Mass Communication major at  SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Jessica visits Croke Park as part of CAPA Dublin's My Global City event and attends the women's world championship game for Gaelic football.

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This past week has been full of adventures in my new city. My friends and I have explored a lot of the downtown area and found out we loved Penneys, which is a huge discount clothing store, with some houseware and makeup items as well. We also ate at Nando’s for the first time, which is popular for their Portuguese-styled chicken dishes and so many delicious hot sauces to choose from. There are also many Tesco grocery stores around the city, but the big Tesco at one of the shopping centers in the city was super helpful in finding items and food that we could not find at our local Tesco express.

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Holding a replica of the Gaelic football cup.

We took also took a hop on, hop off tour bus that helped us to get a better orientation of the city, as well as learn a lot about it. The bus took us through the largest public park in Europe, Phoenix Park. The park includes a zoo, sports fields, the United States ambassador to Ireland’s residence, as well as the President of Ireland’s residence. We learned so much on this tour, but my favorite place so far has been Croke Park.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad

Enjoying the Various Sports in London

May 22, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Andres is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance, Accounting, and Business Information Systems major at University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Andres experiences more of London's sporting culture as he attends a rugby match and a boat race all on the same day.

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Thanks Andres!

Andres's' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad, Local Culture

Witnessing a London Derby: Arsenal vs. Chelsea in the Carabao Cup

Mar 19, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Andres is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance, Accounting, and Business Information Systems major at University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Andres the iconic London derby match between Arsenal and Chelsea for the Carabao Cup.

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Thanks Andres!

Andres's' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

Irish Sports: Gaelic Football and Hurling

Feb 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon visits Croke Park and writes about two beloved Irish sports: Gaelic football and hurling.

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Here in Ireland there are two especially popular, national sports: Gaelic football and hurling. Before coming to Dublin, I had never heard of either, but apparently, they are the most popular and common sports in the country. One Dubliner put it as, "Every county may have a rugby team, but every village has a hurling and Gaelic football team."

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Holding the Sam Maguire Cup at Croke Park.jpegHolding a replica of the Sam Maguire Cup in Croke Park, which is the trophy awarded to the winner of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Our guide said that "this cup is what every Irish child goes to bed dreaming of after playing a game of football."

Gaelic football is played on a rectangular field between two teams of fifteen players. The object of the game is to move the spherical ball up the field by carrying, kicking, bouncing, passing, and soloing (which is a difficult skill involving toe-kicking the ball back up to oneself). The goal is shaped identically to a rugby goal, with three points being scored if you get it through the opposing team's two uprights and one point being scored if you hit it over the crossbar.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad

Ready, Set, Goal: Seeing a Football Match in Manchester

Dec 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen travels out of London to see Manchester United play Nottingham Forest in a good game of football.

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Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Sports Abroad

Experiencing the Spirit of Dublin

Oct 3, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth scores a chance to witness Gaelic football in Dublin and experience the city's spirit.

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My friends and I started to hear music as we walked down Friary Ave. As we turned into Smithfield Square we were greeted with a sea of different shades of blue. People were waving Dublin flags and little kids ran around wearing Gaelic football jerseys. Every woman, man, and child were dancing to the music of a band patiently waiting for the celebration to begin.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - Gaelic Football Homecoming Ceremony_1.pngA few of the waving flags at the Homecoming Ceremony

We went to Smithfield Square to celebrate the victory of the Men’s Dublin Gaelic football team winning the All Ireland game.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad

My First Gaelic Football Experience

Sep 29, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor steps foot in Croke Park and finds herself in the middle of a roaring Gaelic Football experience.

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Thanks Tylor!

Tylor's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

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