I was lucky enough to grow up with two brothers who were just as into sports as I am - with my father also a mad sportsman and my mother very tolerant of three sports-crazy, competitive sons.
How loving sports can keep you young
Going to the park to kick the footy, shoot hoops or hit a tennis ball around was a regular occurrence and enjoyed by all of us as a family.
Sports are also a fantastic opportunity to either be supported by, or show support to, your family and/or friends. Having a crowd of friends or family at a game is one of the biggest thrills for an amateur sportsman or woman.
I always enjoyed going along to support my brothers as they played. It is always a joy and helps build great comeraderie and relationships.
Meanwhile, supporting a team - whether in a local, state, national or international competition - is a terrific way of participating and forming bonds with people just like you. Sports clubs can also provide inspiration, heart-warming stories and teach important life lessons.
Being a life-long supporter of the success-deprived Fremantle Dockers has taught me the important life tools of patience and loyalty, to stick with an unsuccessful team who do not look like succeeding.
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There is something about supporting a team that makes you ride a rollercoaster of emotions on a weekly basis. A highlight of my childhood was going to the stadium or watching my beloved Dockers on television. It was almost a religious experience to go and cheer on the team with 40,000 other like-minded fans.
Because of the stories created, the life lessons taught, the passion of being a fan and the bonding with family and friends, it's no wonder is an important pillar of the lives of many in our society.