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High Performance Sport

At UniSC, high performance athletes achieve at the highest level in study, research, training and competition with purpose-built facilities and support from world-leading coaches, performance development specialists and sport and exercise scientists.

High Performance Student Athlete Program

With UniSC's high performance student athlete program elite athletes can achieve their personal best in study and sport.

Nationally-accredited facilities

World-class athletes train side by side in nationally-accredited facilities, providing an edge in high level competition, training and recovery.

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.

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Strength and conditioning

The UniSC Strength and Conditioning Service enables athletes to access the knowledge, expertise, and support of sport and exercise scientists.

UniSC Clinics

UniSC Clinics offer students practical experience and professional services to the wider community.

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Research opportunities

Add to a body of work that includes biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychology, coaching, and motor control and learning. Specialist research laboratories are accredited by the Australian Institute of Sport.

Study sport and exercise science

We've partnered up with the big names in sport to give you the chance to build your skills amongst the best. Gain practical skills in UniSC's AIS-accredited sports science labs, and learn from specialist teachers – many of whom hold major coaching and sports science roles with national and international sporting teams.

Resident teams

Sunshine Coast Lightning - Sunshine Coast's first national sports team
Sunshine Coast Lightning

The Sunshine Coast’s first national sporting team, Sunshine Coast Lightning, won the national championship in its first season.

Australian Cycling Academy
Australian Cycling Academy

Former national champions Matt Wilson and Ben Kersten have teamed up with Sunshine Coast Council and UniSC to create a better future for Australian cyclists.

USC Spartans Swimming

UniSC is home to the USC Spartans Olympic and Paralympic swimming squad.

USC Thunder

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

UniSC Track and Field Academy

UniSC Track and Field Academy supports developing athletes competing at a national level to continue their trajectories in both their sport and education.

Contact the team

Professor Brendan Burkett
Professor Brendan Burkett - Director, High Performance Sport

Professor of Sport Science Brendan Burkett OAM is the driver behind UniSC's Higher Performance Swimming Program.

Dr Mark Sayers - Deputy Director, High Performance Sport

Dr Mark Sayers has an extensive background in the biomechanics of team sports, technique analysis, and the development of sports specific speed and power.

Contact us

UniSC's team is comprised of highly qualified professionals who are also athletes with decades of personal experience and knowledge.

High Performance Sport News

From Tasmania to Europe: How UniSC paved the way for Anya Louw
23 Sep

Anya Louw moved from Tasmania to the Sunshine Coast for a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics.

Charli Shore
How Charli Shore found her feet in the adrenaline-charged world of wakeboarding
27 Apr 2021

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 Apr 2021

HPSA Stephanie Welsh talks about her sporting journey.