The purpose of this study was to explore the factors participants identify to influence their participation in sport. This ethnographic study used three primary data collection methods: autoethnography, interviews, and participant observation. Two non-probability sampling methods- purposive sampling and snowball sampling methods were used to select participants for the study. Seventy participants took part in the study: 25 participants were observed and 45 were interviewed. To analyse the fieldnotes and transcripts, I used inductive coding methods including frequency count, ordering, sorting, and categorisation. The factors which influenced participation in sports belonged to two categories, facilitators and obstacles. The facilitators were: interpersonal factors, intrapersonal factors, policy and physician recommendations, and environmental factors. The obstacles were: financial issues, non-support and inadequate time. Results show that there were more facilitators than obstacles influencing women’s participation in sports.