Sport | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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UniSC 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 Arena

The $24 million sports arena 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

UniSC 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

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

UniSC has outdoor hard courts for tennis, basketball and netball. Night lighting is available for after-dark competition.

High performance sport

UniSC 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 UniSC.

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.

Study sport at UniSC

Athlete testing
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Explore human health and performance with research and study in sport and exercise science.

Bachelor of Sports Studies

Combine core sport science courses with a major in journalism, management, marketing, public relations, tourism, leisure and event management, or sport and exercise nutrition. Gain the skills to become job-ready for a career.

Resident teams

Sunshine Coast Lightning

UniSC is a proud Foundation Principal Partner of the Sunshine Coast’s first national sports team. The Sunshine Coast Lightning trains and plays home games at the UniSC Arena.

Sunshine Coast Thunder
Sunshine Coast Thunder

Sunshine Coast 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

UniSC's high performance swim team includes Olympic and Paralympic medallists. They train at the USC pool under Head Coach Chris Mooney.

Our Sporting Partners

Student sport

Intervarsity sport

Represent the UniSC Spartans UniSport Nationals and other intervarsity events.

Student sports teams

UniSC offers a range of student run sporting clubs and teams from elite to social level.

Social sport

UniSC 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
UniSC 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

UniSC pays tribute to our local sporting champions.


Adam Jurisevic on kicking goals in sport and exercise science
10 Nov 2023

After dropping out of his final major exam in high school at the last minute, Adam Jurisevic took a few years before he realised a career in sport and exercise science was the career path that was right for him.

When Lightning strikes, Jeremy's ready for the opportunity
3 Nov 2023

He wants to work in the sports world he loves, but not as a professional athlete, so UniSC student Jeremy Morris has found the degree he calls his “perfect combination”: a Bachelor of Sport Studies with a major of management.

Isaiya Katoa gets down to Business
12 Oct 2023

NRL star and UniSC student Isaiya Katoa on studying, footy and why Wayne Bennett would make a good business teacher

Student athlete blog

Coaches Spotlight – NICK BENNETT
16 Jun 2023

Meet Nick Bennett, an exceptional coach from the Sunshine Coast, whose passion for sports and athletics ignited his journey towards coaching excellence.

Billy Curtis takes 3rd in Ultra Trail Australia 21km Race
Billy Curtis takes 3rd in Ultra Trail Australia 22km Race
31 May 2023

It's like running up the Q1 in the Gold Coast almost 4 times – Billy Curtis takes 3rd in Ultra Trail Australia 22km Race