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

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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.

Gym workout with trainer
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.

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.

Youth Academy

The UniSC HPS Youth Academy provides a platform to foster the development of school-aged athletes along their sports and education pathways

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

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.

Sunshine Coast Thunder

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

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

Contact the team

Mark Sayers
Dr Mark Sayers - Director, High Performance Sport

Associate Professor, Sports Biomechanics | Deputy Director, High Performance Sport | School of Health


Professor Brendan Burkett
Professor Brendan Burkett

Strategic Lead, Brisbane 2032 Games

High Performance Sport News

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