Salams Brothers, I have recently come across an authentic hadith which gives us some leancacy with the awrah so that we can play sports with the right gear without sinning because of possible awrah esposure.
Here it is: in accordance with a sahih hadith narrated by aisha (raa) and classified as sahih by Bukhari and Muslim and ruled on by Imam malik, the prophet PBUH was once lying down in his home with his feet up and his thighs were exposed, Abu Baka (ra) knocked, the prophet said enter and he remained seated as he was, with his thighs exposed, then Umar ra knocked and he said enter still remaining in that position, then uthman (ra) knocked, then the prophet sat up and adjusted his clothes, once they left Aisha raa said, why did u adjust ur self when uthman entered, He PBUH said how can i not be shy infront of the man whom the angels are shy infront of.
From this hadith the Imam Malik and scholars have stated that the thigh is a soft awarah and only makruh at most, the only parts that are haram (forbidden) tp expose are the private parts (the genitals). this can also be proven by the verses from the quran which incite men to cover their awrah which then refers to their private parts, and many verses in the quran all refer to MEN PROTECTING THEIR PRIVATE PARTS, MEN CONCEALING THEIR PRIVATE PARTS, etc..
therefore given the above evidence, men would be allowed to become surf life savers and wear speedos if need be, as they can play footy and afl in those shorts as well as they can swim in a swim team in a speedo uniform or play water polo on a team (uniform is a speedo).
Because of these sahih hadith it is evident that we as muslims are not limited in anyways in contributing and particiapting with the non-muslims of this country, we have a responsibility to be the best we can be in this country and to the people of this country and contribute as much as we can to the development of this nation and its people, as only through proper akhlak and proper character do we even stand a chance at surviving in this nation or in any nation in the world even our own. this is what the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has ordered us to do.