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In a region renowned for its love of active outdoor lifestyles, the development of sports and exercise sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast was quick off the blocks.
This teaching and research focus has been matched by investment in partnerships, programs and shared facilities that have engaged all levels of the community and industry, from Little Athletics children to Olympians and Paralympians, with diverse benefits for students and staff.
Professor Brendan Burkett on SBS Insight
Watch the full episode of SBS 'Insight' program Cyborgs as broadcast in October 2014.
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Discover USC Sport
Take a tour of USC's world-class sporting facilities and learn more about the programs and services offered for students, staff, and sporting groups on the Sunshine Coast.
Go Spartans! USC's shining stars in Rio
Learn the secrets of the Spartan's success from USC Spartans coach (Olympic squad) and Australian Team Coach for the Rio Olympics Chris Mooney. Meet the team in the videos that follow on YouTube.
Moments in sport
Since 2000 the number of registered athletes at the Athletics Club has doubled. USC has become a breeding ground for quality athletes, boasting among its numbers world masters gold medalists, national titleholders, and a number of state champions.
USC's athletics track was completed in 1999. The 10-lane track is equipped for hurdles, steeplechase, javelin, shotput, discus, hammer-throw, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault and disabled throw events. In December 2013, a new finish-line facility was incorporated to provide an Olympic-standard timing device and video recording of race participants.
The USC pool's construction was watched via live web cam.
USC's $2.1 million, heated, 10-lane, 50-metre, Olympic-standard pool is used for teaching and research as well as year-round training for athletes and recreational use by the public.
The University's A$10 million indoor Sports Stadium is used for University, school and community sporting events and also transforms several times each year into the venue for USC's Graduation ceremonies.
The Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame is located in the breezeway through the USC Sports Stadium. The wall acknowledges the sporting achievements of local athletes.
USC's elite athletes often combine study with training.
USC's Professor Brendan Burkett participates in a photo shoot in 2006 to promote sport and exercise science at USC.
Blake Cochrane - Paralympic gold medallist and USC student
I was at the USC pool every day except Sunday, and at USC five times a week for my degree.
Love is in the air
I met John on the second night on the Sunshine Coast and we’ve been inseparable ever since.