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School Sport history

Given the unique and diverse sporting opportunities currently available through NSW public schools, it's hard to imagine a time when there were no school sporting carnivals, no inter-school sporting competitions and limited access to playing fields and sporting facilities. In a country where sport is so much a part of everyday life, it's no surprise that some of Australia's finest sportsmen and women developed their skills in the nursery of NSW public schools.


This timeline reflects the place of school sport in the history of NSW and Australia and how public school sport graduates have progressed to represent their state and country in some of the major sporting events held globally over the past 130 years. The often untold story is a remarkable tale of hard work, dedication and struggle - of extraordinary and at times mundane events set against a backdrop of significant social change as the state of NSW developed from an infant colony to a sophisticated thriving community.  In many ways the growth of competitive sport in NSW mirrors the great changes that have taken place in our society and in education during this period.















For one of the few times in history the Olympics were postponed due to the global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. All sporting codes from professional to community and school levels were also halted and resumed in various forms in accordance with government health regulations.


Please note: this timeline is a work in progress. Suggestions are welcomed and can be emailed to