A lot of Australians think you shouldn't worry too much
But some things in life are really important, and to many
Australian men, one of these things is sport. It's something
they don't joke about. Sport matters. In pubs, clubs and even
at work you'll often find men who can talk about only one
thing — sport.
Australians are lucky. They have a perfect climate, and
an endless amount of land. They have wonderful waves foi
surfers on their beaches. They also have a strong wish to
win. Put these together and you get a lot of good sportsmen
and women. In fact, Australia has a very high number of
world champions, in all kinds of sports, for a country of only
16 million people.
Around the country you'll find plenty of opportunities for
golf, squash, tennis, trail riding (horse or motorcycle), fishing
and so on. Surfing is almost a religion for many Australians
who follow the waves around the country and there are a
number of important surfing contests.
You'll find football of assorted types including the unique
Australian Rules Football. Then, there's motor racing and
motorcycle racing, horse racing, yacht racing, cricket matches
and lots more.
The best thing, of course, is to play sport yourself. But if
you can't, or you don't want to, then you can watch other
people doing it. Every year, more than 100,000 people go to
the final of Australian Rules Football. Crowds of more than
90,000 watch the big cricket matches against India, Pakistan,
New Zealand and England.
There are sport happenings and holidays in Australia year
round. Here are some of them.
In February there's Regatta Day with boat races and other
In June in Darwin the Beer Can Regatta takes place when
there are boat races for boats constructed entirely out of
beer cans — there are plenty of those in the world's beer
In August in the Northern Territory camel racing is on in
Alice Springs, arid then the Apex Rodeo is held, one of the
biggest rodeo in Australia — the town fills up with cowboys.
Meanwhile in Sydney, Australians biggest race takes place
with 25,000 competitors running the 14 km from Hyde Park
to Bondi Beach in the city ace. It is a public holiday in Victoria
but the whole country shuts down for the three minutes or so
which the race takes.
In December the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race starts on the
26th, a fantastic sight as the yachts stream out of the harbour
and head south.
1. What do a lot of Australians think?
2. Why are Australians lucky?
3. What is surfing for many Australians?
4. Where do more that 100 000 people go every year?
5. What takes place in June in Darwin?
6. When does Alice Springs fill up with cowbays?
7. When does sporting attention turn to Melbourne?
8. Where is Australian Rules Football played?
to worry — волноваться
to joke — шутить
beach — пляж
contest — соревнование
to take place — проходить
to hit — ударять
racing — гонки
to shut down — прекращать работу
to stream out — выплывать
to head south — держать курс на юг