Sport - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic the USC Stadium, gymnasiums and aquatic facilities will remain closed until further notice

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 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.

USC High Performance Student centre and gym
Strength and conditioning service

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

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.


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

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

USC to restrict access to sporting facilities
17 March

USC will restrict access to its sport and fitness facilities from midnight Sunday 22 March.

No go-slow for snow-sailing USC researcher
27 February

What does a USC researcher do when he arrives in rural Finland in February for an annual snow-sailing competition, only to feel the winds drop and the temperature rise above zero, making conditions either dangerous or impossible?

High performance student athlete program blog
Meet Chloe Gubecka Australian Dolphins Swimmer and dietetics student
24 March

Chloe Gubecka is an 18-year old high performance student athlete on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team studying a Bachelor of Dietetics.

Hayley Maddick is 2019 NRL Touch Premiership Female Player of the Year
5 November 2019

Congratulations Hayley Maddick, NRL Touch Premiership Women's Player of the Year

Yolandie Weir wins silver at Australian Weightlifting titles
5 November 2019

Yolandie Weir is an Olympic Weightlifter, single Mum, business owner/ operator and full time student studying a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at USC Sunshine Coast as part of the High Performance Student Athlete program.

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