18 June 2014
More than 100 University of the Sunshine Coast students are regularly scaling new heights in their quest to balance their studies with fun and adventure.
They are also trekking the region’s beautiful bushland and kayaking its pristine waterways – and it’s all thanks to USC Activate, a rapidly-growing outdoor recreation club affiliated with the University.
Club president Laurence Martin, 33, of Buderim, who is studying a Bachelor of Arts at USC, said the group had around 120 members and their regular weekend activities attracted more than 50 each time.
“USC Activate has grown enormously over the past year or two,” Laurence said.
“I think that’s because of the nature of the club. Essentially, everyone loves the outdoors. We attract active people who just want to get out there and appreciate our natural environment.
"USC Activate is the solution to getting the best of both worlds at uni. The club promotes a healthy lifestyle and supports the wellbeing of its members.”
Laurence said USC Activate organised activities almost every weekend and also provided the equipment and, for some of the more challenging activities, the training.
“We describe ourselves as an outdoor activities and adventure sports club and we do everything from day trips to Kondalilla Falls, right through to multi-day hikes, camping, climbing, kayaking and surfing,” he said.
“USC Activate is an excellent way for USC students from Australia and all over the world to meet and have a really good time as part of our events.”
The club is open to students and staff of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
– David Cameron