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High Performance Sport


USC's High performance athletes and teams

Sunshine Coast Lightning

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

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Australian Cycling Academy

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

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USC Spartans swimming team

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

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High performance sport at USC represents a fearless commitment to developing sporting excellence alongside academic success — a catalyst for our rising champions.

At USC we’re building the ultimate environment where high performance and emerging athletes can flourish supported by world leaders in coaching, performance development and sport and exercise science research.

With nationally accredited facilities, year-round idyllic conditions and dedicated athlete support resources, USC is fast becoming a national leader in high performance sport and a university that ensures our athletes are well placed for continued success during their competitive career and beyond.

Become a USC High Performance Student Athlete 

USC’s High Performance Student Athlete program has been designed to enable you to achieve excellence in both your sport and your study.

The program has a wide range of benefits and services which will allow you to balance the demands of your training and competition schedules with your study commitments so you can achieve your personal best in both pursuits.

Study sport at USC
Study sport

Looking for a career in sport? Interested in how the human body works? Learn to harness the power of human movement and use exercise to help people recover from illness or injuries.

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USC Sport Clinic
USC Strength and Conditioning Service

This service enables athletes to access the knowledge, expertise, and support of sport and exercise scientists.

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USC Sport and Exercise Science Research has a strong focus on applied research that directly impacts athlete performance and has produced a body of work that includes biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychology, coaching, and motor control and learning.

USC Sport and Exercise Science Research laboratories are accredited by the AIS, and are used to assess national and international level athletes.

High Performance Sport team

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

Professor of Sport Science Brendan Burkett OAM is the driver behind USC’s High Performance Swimming Program.

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Mark Sayers
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.

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