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).Continue Reading