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. Gym instruction caters to all fitness levels from high-performance athletes to beginner.

Playing fields

There are four multi-purpose sporting fields at USC Sunshine Coast.

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.


Kaylee McKeown - photo Swimming Australia
Kaylee McKeown wins Olympic gold medal
27 July

USC Spartans swimmer Kaylee McKeown has become an Olympic champion today after winning the final of the 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics.

Games could deliver ongoing benefits for accessibility, says Paralympic athlete
21 July

A former Paralympic wheelchair basketballer who helped Brisbane bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games is eagerly awaiting news on the decision from Tokyo.

USC experts available to comment on Olympic Games
5 July

Academic experts from USC are available to comment on various topics related to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games - from athlete nutrition to infectious disease management, high performance sport to Paralympic athletes.

Student athlete blog
Charli Shore
How Charli Shore found her feet in the adrenaline-charged world of wakeboarding
27 April

HPSA Charli Shore talks about her sporting journey.

Stephanie Walsh
Where it all began for Stephanie Welsh: 'I was beaten in U10s and then found my fire'
20 April

HPSA Stephanie Welsh talks about her sporting journey.

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

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