We posted the following question on our Facebook page recently in our 6:00pm (forum o’clock) timeslot.

We are considering moving to Tasmania permanently with three kids. Anyone have recommendations as to best locations to move for work and children? All children are keen on sports.

You can see the resulting comments via the Think Tasmania Facebook page from many of our good sports, who make for a great group of followers. Thank you as always.

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Tasmanian adventure sports (photo by Dan Fellow)

Sports for All Sorts

Those who know us well, know we moved to Tasmania in part for the sporting opportunities available to our own kids.

We have one child playing tennis, and one playing cricket. Both have received tremendous support for their sports from the respective governing bodies. We couldn’t be happier with the outcomes.

We live in Hobart.

We know players from both sports who have moved from the north of Tasmania to live in Hobart to advance their careers. We also know players who have excelled at their chosen sport while remaining in northern Tasmania.

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Hobart Roller Derby (photo by Marc Bester)

Play Your Own Game

Everyone needs to find their own niche. More than likely, sporting endeavours will be inextricably linked to a location suitable for parents to work.

One thing’s for sure, as spectators in Tasmania we have ample opportunity to watch elite athletes at work. In Hobart alone, we have the Hobart Hurricanes (cricket); the North Melbourne Kangaroos (Australian Football League) and the Hobart International (tennis). This is to name but a few, with a great variety of sports showcased at many levels.

Tell us… what sports make the grade for you? Who do you follow and where do you play?

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Popular sports in Tasmania include sailing

BBL: Hobart Hurricanes

Hobart Hurricanes are based at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive. Follow Hobart Hurricanes on Facebook for developments regarding BBL|07.

“The Hobart Hurricanes can confirm that Tasmanian born cricket legend Ricky Ponting is today in Hobart meeting with Cricket Tasmania. The Hurricanes have engaged Ponting to be involved in the Hobart Hurricanes review process and he will assume an ongoing role”

And just today, the Hobart Hurricanes announced that “former South African cricketer and World Cup winning Coach of the Indian Cricket Team, Gary Kirsten will head the Hurricanes for the next two BBL seasons”.

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Hobart Hurricanes: Blundstone Arena, Bellerive

AFL: North Melbourne Kangaroos

North Melbourne Kangaroos will play four AFL games in Tasmania this season.

Three games will be staged at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive. The first of those games will happen this weekend (Saturday 8 April) against Greater Western Sydney. They’ll also play in Hobart against Adelaide (Saturday 6 May) and Melbourne (Saturday 29 July).

The season’s final locally-played Kangaroos match is scheduled for UTAS Stadium in Launceston, against the Tassie Hawks on Sunday 13 August.

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AFL: North Melbourne Kangaroos (photo by Roger Findlay)

Tennis: Hobart International

The next Hobart International is set for 7-13 January 2018. The tournament is part of the Emirates Australian Open series, and world-class female tennis players arrive at Domain Tennis Centre on Queens Domain between Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Hobart Aquatic Centre.

Sports in Tasmania are well-covered.

If you’re thinking about moving to Tasmania and want sports to be part of your life… you’re good to go!

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Hobart International, Domain Tennis Centre

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