Ask a Canadian which sports they grew up watching or which sports they watch most often in 2017 and youâ€™re likely to get the typical responses. Hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis. You know, the mainstream sports.
However, ask a Canadian to choose just one sport theyâ€™d want their child to excel in and a surprisingly high number will answer with swimming.
We recently polled a random selection of approximately 1,500 Canadians aged 18 and older from coast to coast as part of The Canada Project and that was one of the sports-related questions asked.
Only hockey (19 per cent) and soccer (15 per cent) received more votes than swimmingâ€™s 11 per cent, which tied with baseball for third place. Thatâ€™s ahead of more popular spectator sports â€”Â not to mention more potentially lucrative ones â€”Â like golf (10 per cent), basketball (eight per cent), tennis (six per cent) and gridiron football (two per cent).