Welcome to the Senior Athletics Club website.
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Main Training Venue
University of the Sunshine Coast Athletics Track
USCAC Introduction and HistoryAbout the University of the Sunshine Coast's Athletics Club.
The University of the Sunshine Coast Athletics Club (USCAC) is committed to promoting athletics on the Sunshine Coast. The Club’s home is at the University of the Sunshine Coast athletics track which is a world class, all-weather tartan track.
The USCAC welcomes and encourages athletes of all abilities from Under 12’s to Open and Masters. The Club provides a yearly calendar of activities that includes Track and Field and Cross-Country events.
Coaching for all levels is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:30 most days to around 6:00pm.
Regular Club Meets are held from July to March on either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon providing club members and non-club members local competition.
Two Track and Field Carnivals are also held during the Athletics Track and Field season. These carnivals attract clubs from all over South-East Queensland and offer a higher level of competitions to the athletes on the Sunshine Coast.
During the Track and Field off-season (April to June), USCAC in conjunction with the Maroochydore Athletics Club organizes the annual Cross-Country Series which consists of 6 events held at various venues around the Sunshine Coast.
The Cross-Country Series is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a pleasant active outing together.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held on Sunday November 10th at the Chancellor Park Tavern, starting at 5.00pm.
A big thank you to all those that volunteered for committee positions. The response was overwhelming, and we look forward to a great season ahead.
For further information, please email the Secretary.
The programme for September to December is available here. The next event is on Sunday 17th November.
For recent events, please see the results page.
The Club's popular annual Winter Track and Field Carnival was held on Sunday 28th July. This is one of the few full programme events held in winter.
The 2013 cross country programme has finished, please go to the cross country website for details.
The Club has its own Facebook page. Click below to 'like' and of course visit the page
Come and Join our Club
The season goes from 1st October 2012 to the 30th September 2013.
USC's Athletics Track
The University of the Sunshine Coast athletics facility includes an eight-lane running track with a ten-lane straight, as well as facilities for javelin, shotput, discus, hammer-throw, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault and disabled throw events. The athletics facility also has night-lighting and bathroom and kiosk facilities. The surface of the track is Sandwich System (EPDM and PU composite).
History - The University of the Sunshine Coast Amateur Athletics Club Inc:On 30 March, 1956 this association was formed by a group of volunteers under the leadership of (the late Maroochy Chairman) Mr Eddie De Vere. The Club set up its headquarters at Petrie Park in Nambour and used that Clubhouse for storing equipment, holding monthly meetings, and running regular training sessions.
In 1974 the building burnt to the ground. The Club moved to Maroochydore, relocating back to Nambour in 1976 when the Clubhouse was rebuilt. The Club’s strength at the time was in organizing most of the local School Athletic Competitions, and also in organizing Cross Country Runs in the winter months. These were strongly attended with the athletes traveling far and wide to compete.
Training at the venue became more difficult when the Hockey Club was granted access to the facilities. Club organizers sought an oval in Nambour that could accommodate a 400-metre running track.
In 1986 the Little Athletics Club Nambour and the Sunshine Coast Amateur Athletics Club joined forces to set up a 400-metre track and added long jump pits, discus and shot put pads, plus javelin and high jump areas. The Maroochy Shire Council was very helpful by providing heavy machinery and top fill, and when combined with the Club members’ ‘know-how’, set up a wonderful track in the Police Youth Club grounds in Nambour. However these grounds were subject to flooding which disrupted athletes training regimes and was detrimental to holding carnivals.
In 1997 representatives from the Government and the University of the Sunshine Coast approached the Club Officials to assist with setting up a Tartan Track of World Standard. With the 2000 Sydney Olympics just around the corner and such facilities being much in demand, Club Officials threw themselves into the project. After innumerable planning and design meetings, construction began on the facility now located at the University of the Sunshine Coast, with facility completion in August 2000. It has become an enormous asset, benefiting the University, the Club and numerous schools who can now compete there in all weather conditions.
The Club secured tenure at the University and changed the name to the University of the Sunshine Coast Amateur Athletics Club Inc.
Since 2000 the number of registered athletes has doubled and the Club is a breeding ground for quality athletes, boasting among its numbers World Masters Gold Medallists, National Titleholders, and a number of State Champions.