Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1543 times:
Great weather helps - the Aussies love the great outdoors, and who can blame them when they live in such a darn beautiful country.
More crucially, i think it's like a religion they become indoctrinated with at a very early age - money helps a lot. I have no stats, but I'm willing to bet they invest a lot more in their facilities/athletic programs than, for example, Britain.
Healthy weather breeds healthy lifestyles; good for the Aussies I say! So desperately want to move there....
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1535 times:
Also, I think their history has something to do with it...
The Australian population consists of descendents from convicts, that were sent from England so the fittest obviously survived, and of course families that moved to Australia in the 50's and 60's, most of which were tradesmen or were employed in primary industry (you know, builders etc, unskilled work) as it was a new start for these people.
Of course, they are just as intelligent as any other country but have an advantage over most with having such healthy descendents, and I guess thats really how they do so well...
PerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1443 times:
The Australian population consists of descendents from convicts
May have been a nice theory once, say 100 years ago, but I would suggest that a only small percentage of today's 17 million could trace any lineage back to transported convicts. It's a bit like saying most Merkins are descendants of the Pilgrims; hardly.
Capt.Picard has it right - it's a religion, and it demands sacrifices, and the latest sacrifical offering was England this morning - and the sport, none other than the world game itself - football!
Oh what a great start to the day
England were so desperate that they had to field 2 complete teams but to no avail. 3-1 to the green & gold!!
Once John Howard perfects his sucking up to Bush, there won't be anything
left that England are better at than Australia.