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High Performance Sport

USC is a place where high performance athletes rise. Purpose-built facilities provide the right setting for success in study, research, training and competition. Athletes are surrounded by world leading coaches, performance development specialists and the best sport and exercise scientists so they are well placed for success in their competitive career and beyond.

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The ultimate environment for sport

We've built a premier high-performance sporting destination on the Sunshine Coast. Nationally-accredited facilities give athletes an edge in high level competition, training and recovery.

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Our 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.

Australian Cycling Academy
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.

USC Spartans swimming team

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

High Performance Sport News

More blogs
Meet Chloe Gubecka Australian Dolphins Swimmer and dietetics student
24 March

Chloe Gubecka is an 18-year old high performance student athlete on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team studying a Bachelor of Dietetics.

Hayley Maddick is 2019 NRL Touch Premiership Female Player of the Year
5 November 2019

Congratulations Hayley Maddick, NRL Touch Premiership Women's Player of the Year

Meet the team

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

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.

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.