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Sport is a way of life in Australia, says actor

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"It has a lot to do with the country's culture."
"It has a lot to do with the country's culture."

Why is Australia so good at sport?

Vimala went to bed at just past 2 a.m. on Sunday; like the rest of the cricket world, she knew Australia was going to win the cricket World Cup for the third straight time.

"I am happy they did," says the danseuse-turned-beauty-queen-turned-model-turned actor, who is an Australian citizen.

"I enjoyed watching that remarkable knock from Adam Gilchrist," adds Vimala, whose latest film `Sooryan' is being shot in Kozhikode these days.

"My money was firmly on Australia right through the World Cup; I wanted India to do well too, but I am not surprised by the team's early ouster.

"I am also happy that Sri Lanka played so well, though they were no match for the Aussies in the final (I have so many friends from the Lankan community back home in Sydney and the Lankans have done a lot for the Tamil language and culture in Australia)."

Why, then, Australia is so good at sport?

"I think it has got a lot to do with the country's culture," she says.

"For instance, swimming is compulsory for every kid at school; and the whole family goes to watch the sport at a stadium. I myself have seen so many one-day matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground, carrying the Indian flag (more often than not, the Indian teams were at the receiving end).

"Another factor is that the kids are really encouraged to take up sport."

Vimala too has dabbled in sports quite a lot.

"I was the swimming (100m freestyle) champion at my school.

"I have also played hockey, softball, netball and, of course, cricket."

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