Aussies inspired by Tokyo games: survey

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Half of all Australians who watched the Tokyo Olympics were inspired by them and even more gained a sense of pride from viewing the Paralympics, research suggests.

Sport Australia's Community Perceptions Monitor survey, which captures public attitudes towards sport, also reveals one in five Australians may now be more motivated to get active in the wake of both events.

Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck says the performances of the nation's Olympic and Paralympic teams in Tokyo appear set to leave a lasting legacy and improve the health and wellbeing of Australians.

"We have always understood the power of sport to improve our health and reinforce communities," he said on Saturday.

"But the Sport Australia survey showcases the tangible outcomes created as a result of the performances of our sports men and women."

Based on the responses of more than 2240 residents, the survey found 55 per cent of them who watched the Olympics and 58 per cent who viewed the Paralympics felt proud to be Australian.

Around one in five who watched both said they saw something that would encourage them to be more physically active.

Some 12 per cent of parents who participated in the research said they were now considering enrolling their child or children in a new sport.

While winning medals was identified as something that made them feel proud, respondents repeatedly praised athletes who demonstrated determination, work hard and good sportsmanship.

More than eight in 10 said they watched at least some of the 16-day coverage of the Olympics.

And despite having a third of the free-to-air coverage and a 12-day program, the Paralympics proved popular with 68 per cent of survey participants tuning in.

Sport Australia Acting CEO Rob Dalton says the research reinforces the importance of athletes as role models.

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