Otago’s participation rate across all secondary school sports remains the highest across all regions in New Zealand, with 62% of Otago’s students involved in school sport.
62% of Otago’s students participated in secondary school sport. This saw Otago remain the highest rate across the country’s 19 regions, and is well above the national average of 47%.
Otago’s participation rates are also the highest of all regions for both girls and boys involvement. Girls participation for Otago at 60% is slightly lower than boys (63%), however this remains well above the national girls average of 43%.
Otago’s overall participation rate of 62% represents a 1% decrease over 2021, and a 4% decrease from pre-Covid 2019. National participation rates decreased at a slightly higher level.
Basketball remains the secondary school sport with the most participants in Otago, with 1,688 total (64% male). This is followed by Volleyball, Netball, Rugby Union, and Hockey.
The findings are based on just-released national census data for secondary school sport participation in 2022, collected by School Sport NZ in partnership with Sport NZ.
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