Sport - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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USC is a premier sporting destination with nationally-accredited facilities and support from leading health and sports scientists. High performance champions train side-by-side with beginners in a supportive sports community that drives excellence.

USC is a COVID Safe venue

Our priority is to ensure our USC students and staff, members, user groups and the wider USC community are COVID Safe. Necessary changes have been adopted to our venue operations including what we need you to do to before, during and after your sport or exercise session to help us keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please do not enter sporting facilities if:

  • You have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 or is awaiting test results
  • You have travelled to any known hotspots within the last 14 days

General Guidelines:

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

  • Maintain 1.5m physical distancing within the USC Sport facilities.

  • Practice healthy hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and cover your coughs and sneezes.

  • It is recommended that you download the Australian Government’s COVID Safe App.

  • Please arrive dressed and ready for your session and leave immediately after it is completed.

  • Bring your own drink bottle

  • If you are using our fitness facilities, you must bring a towel

  • Adhere to all venue and directional signage.

  • Contactless payments are preferred.

  • Our USC Sport staff have undergone relevant training in safety and hygiene practices as recommended by health agencies and industry guidelines.


USC Stadium
Sports Stadium

The $24 million sports stadium is the only facility of its kind in the region. It is fully air-conditioned, seats 3,000 spectators with national standard facilities for netball, basketball, futsal, hockey and badminton.

USC Pool

USC Sunshine Coast has an Olympic-standard, 10-lane, 50-metre heated pool, a six-lane 25-metre pool, cold immersion and warm plunge pool and aquatic recovery equipment. The elite training ground is used year-round by recreational swimmers and Olympic and Paralympic champions.


Two fully-equipped indoor gyms offer the latest equipment including indoor and outdoor functional training zones. Classes and instruction caters to all fitness levels from high-performance athletes to beginner.

Playing fields

Multipurpose playing fields for Rugby Union, Rugby League, Football, Cricket and AFL training are available with lighting for night-time play.

Track and field

The IAAF-standard athletics track has eight and ten lane running tracks and equipment for hurdles, steeplechase, javelin, shot-put, discus, hammer-throw, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault and disabled throw events.

Outdoor courts

USC has outdoor hard courts for tennis, basketball and netball. Night lighting is available for after-dark competition.

High performance sport

USC supports athletes and teams at the highest levels of sporting competition.

Our rising champions achieve their personal best in sport, competition and study, surrounded by the right expertise, people and facilities.

Emerging and world-class sport and exercise scientists use the latest technology and facilities to harness the power of human movement to impact fitness, performance and recovery.

Learn more about high performance sport at USC.

Strength and conditioning service

Injury prevention testing, athlete periodisation and programming, and strength and conditioning services.

Study sport at USC
Physical Performance Coaching

Physical performance coaches (PPC) use assessment and screening, individualised training and conditioning, required recovery and overall load management to help high performance athletes achieve their athletic potential.

Resident teams

Sunshine Coast Lightning

USC is proud part-owner of the Sunshine Coast’s first national sports team. The Sunshine Coast Lightning trains and plays home games at the USC Stadium.

Sunshine Coast Thunder

USC Thunder netball club provides a stepping for netballers looking to progress from grassroots to professional netball.

Australian Cycling Academy

ACA is an elite training academy taking an athlete-centric approach to high performance cycling coaching

USC Spartans

USC's high performance swim team includes Olympic and Paralympic medallists. They train at the USC pool under Head Coach Chris Mooney.


Student sport

Intervarsity sport

Represent the USC Spartans UniSport Nationals and other intervarsity events.

Student sports teams

USC offers a range of student run sporting clubs and teams from elite to social level.

Social sport

USC staff and students are invited to join in the free social sports program. Get fit, have fun and make new friends.

Recognising excellence

Team of the Year - Women's swimming
USC Sports Awards

We celebrate the athletes and administrators that make sport great.

The Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame at USC.
Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame

USC pays tribute to our local sporting champions.


SUP champion claims USC’s top sports award
12 November 2020

World champion stand up paddleboarder Brianna Orams has been named USC’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2020.

‘Virtual’ win motivates USC runner ahead of state championships
3 September 2020

When 18-year-old USC student athlete Ben Tacey lines up at Ipswich this Saturday for the 8km race in the Queensland Athletics Cross Country Championships, he’ll be able to see and hear the competitors he hopes to beat.

Spartans swimmers training at the USC aquatic centre
Spartans to restart campaign for Tokyo glory
15 May 2020

The USC Spartans will soon restart their Olympic and Paralympic campaigns, following the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions across Queensland this weekend.

High performance student athlete program blog
Hallum Went
Surf Boat Rower Hallum Went studying a Bachelor of Accounting (Commence) at USC Sunshine Coat
13 May 2020

HPSA Hallum Went talks about his sporting journey and how the HPSA program benefits him

Tenniele Botfield
BMX Rider Tenniele Botfield studying a BEd(Sec)/ BRecOutdoorEnvStudies at USC Sunshine Coast
29 April 2020

HPSA Tenniele Botfield talks about her sporting journey and why she chose to join the HPSA program

Emily Morcom
Surf Boat Rower Emily Morcom Commencing a Bachelor of Paramedic Science at USC Sunshine Coast
24 April 2020

HPSA Athlete Emily Morcom talks about her sporting journey and why she applied for the HPSA program

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