I am an avid watcher of sports around the world, in fact, you could tell me any sport, and I could probably tell you which team or player I support. Although sport may not be considered one of the pressing issues in our society, it consistently creates news headlines, media debates and excitement. I love sport for three major reasons: the thrill, the teamwork and the health impacts.

Sport is thrilling. If you think back in your life, you can probably remember a sporting event which made you jump out of your seat. An incredible, speechless act of brilliance on the sporting field such as Steven Bradbury at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games or maybe the icon of Muhammad Ali in his fight against George Foreman in 1974. It could have even been a great team effort such as the American ice hockey team’s miracle victory against the Soviet Union in 1980. All of these moments highlight the thrill of sport. Professional athletes, training for years of their life, risking everything to win. Sport is pure entertainment, and the thrill of watching sport or participating in sport is why it is so popular and continues to grow to this very day.

Sport has a unique ability to bring people together. It provides the platform for people in different walks of life to join together in support of a shared passion. It can effortlessly bridge a gap between two people without disagreement or disgruntlement. Sport teaches people from a young age essential qualities of leadership, teamwork, and courage. Sport provides a platform for people to lead others, take charge and gain the respect of their peers. Moreover, the ability to communicate and work with others is an essential quality that is used throughout life.

Sport has incredibly positive health impacts for society. Yes, in professional sport there can be severe injuries, but in a majority of cases, they are an accident and often unavoidable. However, in most cases, the health impacts of sport are beneficial to all. Physically, sport grows muscles, can reduce fat, which is positive for countless areas of an individual’s health. I would also like to prioritise one area of health which is not often talked about regarding sport. That is mental health. Physical activity and sport promote the release of endorphins and serotonin in your brain, which improves emotions. Activity also helps individuals sleep better, allowing for more profound rest and the ability to feel more energised throughout the day. This can also lead to a reduction of stress and assist in the recovery from mental illness.

I love sport. Yes, I may be an ultra-fan, and my obsession is unusual…BUT the thrill, teamwork and health impacts further highlight the importance of sport within society.

Article 5 of ‘Why I Love…’ Series – https://thelevinelowdown.com/why-i-love/

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