THE positive effects of sport on people and society are well known. Sport plays a very important role in social change in many parts of the world.
Sport can promote peace, better health, youth education, social inclusion, and the promotion of better living conditions.
Sport is something of a national obsession in Australia.
We're avid followers of footy, which covers everything from rugby union to AFL.
We play backyard and beach cricket all summer and turn out in our thousands to watch the iconic Boxing Day Test at Melbourne's MCG.
Summer is also the season when we become amateur commentators at our tennis Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open.
We have lush, championship-designed golf courses across the country and host many premier golf events.
Marathons attract hundreds of thousands of runners and rev-heads everywhere know about car racing events such as the V8 Supercars and Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix.
Sport can have a great impact on people in society.
Watching sports such as the Olympic Games and the soccer World Cup inspires people with excitement.
Playing sports can give people a great deal of pleasure and personal satisfaction.
Sport is also used as a tool for promoting health.
There is research to suggest that the risk of developing common health problems or developing diseases can be lowered greatly by an appropriate amount of physical activity.
Problems such as obesity, mental illness, some cancers and diabetes are improved.
Also, sport provides opportunities for better health education.
People who play sport usually follow a healthy lifestyle.
They also take time to educate themselves in the long-term benefits of eating healthy food and joining in regular exercise.
This also sets a good example for others and family members often follow the same healthy regime.
Some people work as professional sportspeople and others work in areas which are related to sport.
Knights legend Robbie O'Davis shared his opinion on how sport has changed society.
"Sport gives people something to look forward to on the weekend or after living the daily grind," he said.