Enjoy the great outdoors this summer with the various sporting events on offer this January in Sydney. Relish the excitement and thrill of watching a live sports game and participate in competitive and noncompetitive sports, all the while having lots of fun and enjoying your summer to the max.
Get out there, soak up the sunshine, slop on plenty of sunscreen and enjoy everything summer has to offer. There are heaps more sporty happenings around the place, but read on for my top picks so far.
Utilising the power of football, Street Football Festival is a lively community sporting event celebrating diversity from Friday 17 to Monday 27 January 2014. As one of Australia's most important community event, this festival endeavours to bring people together from all walks of life, from media personalities to politicians, from junior and corporate teams to players from the Community Street Soccer Program.
Heaps of people, masses of matches in the highest spirit of good sportsmanship and respect.
Get your team together now!
When: Friday 18 January to Monday 28 January Where: Darling Harbour Booking: Via Big Issue website
This is guaranteed to be a fantastic experience on Australia Day.
For swimming champions, take the plunge into the ocean for the final swim of the Body Science Great Australian Swim Series on Sunday 26 January 2014, which takes place in Farm Cove, beside the Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens.
The four different events offered ensures that swimmers of all ages and all abilities can participate. For the best of the best speedy swimmers, Elite 2.2km Swim is perfect for you; kids aged 12 and under can register for Junior Kids 300m Swim and swim alongside some of Australia's best swimmers; for those wanting a casual splash can partake in Ky Hurst Kellogg's 750m Swim; and for the more experienced swimmer, give P&O Cruises 2.2km Swim a go.
Cricket devotees can go veg out at Sydney Cricket Ground for the the Commonwealth Bank Sydney Ashes Test Match - Australia v English from Friday 3 to Tuesday 7 January 2014.
As one of the most popular events in the Australian sporting calendar, you wouldn't want to miss out on the Ashes. This three-day cricket fest concludes with Toyota Family Day on day 3 and kids get in for free. So if you have youngsters aged 15 or under, bring them along. Just make sure they are accompanied by two paying adults.
When: Friday 3 to Tuesday 7 January 2014 Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Driver Avenue, Moore Park Bookings: Via Ticketek or call 132 849
Tennis fiends will be pleased this summer with the return of Apia International Sydney in 2014 from Sunday 5 January to Saturday 11 January.
Get your tennis fix at Sydney Olympic Park where you'll be served with world-class tennis battles giving you the best experience. With air-conditioned activation village, enormous Kids Zone and heaps of brilliant tennis stars all in the one place, attendees will definitely be in heaven. What's more, with the addition of the newly created Player Walk, you'll be able to get up close and personal with your favourite player.
When: Sunday 5 January to Saturday 11 January Where: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park Bookings: Via Ticketek or call 1300 888 104