University nationals

UniSport Nationals events facilitate representative opportunities for student athletes of The University of Newcastle to compete against the best University student Athletes in Australia.

Students in Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Foundation studies are all eligible to compete.

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2024 University Nationals Expression of Interest

For all University Nationals team trial dates click HERE.

Sport Details
Atheltics Gold Coast, QLD
24-26 April
Swimming Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
9-11 May
Indigenous Nationals Wollongong, NSW
23-27 June
3x3 Basketball Sunshine Coast, Qld
2-4 July
T20 Cricket Sunshine Coast QLD
8-12 July
Surfing Sunshine Coast, QLD
10-12 July
Snow TBC
Nationals Div 1 & Div 2 Canberra, ACT
7-13 September
Distance Running Sydney, NSW
15 September

National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies, The University of Newcastle. Now referred to as Indigenous Nationals, the event is a week-long multisport competition for indigenous student-athletes. Indigenous Nationals is an amazing environment to not only celebrate the rich sporting culture of indigenous Australia but to also acknowledge the heritage and history of the participating student-athletes. The 26th Indigenous Nationals organising committee respectfully acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara People, the traditional owners of the land of which the event will take place. in 2023, Indigenous Nationals presented by bp will be held from 26-30 June in Melbourne VIC, and will be contested in a mixed competition across four sports: touch football, basketball, netball, and volleyball.

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World University Games are the pinnacle sporting events for elite University athletes. The World University Summer and Winter Games (Universiades) are held every 2 years, and are elite multisport events second only to the Olympic Games.

All World University Games and Championship teams are selected by the relevant National Sporting Organisation. Contact the High Performance arm of your sport's governing body to access selection policies and more information, or visit

Some funding may be available to selected athletes to assist with the cost of attending these elite events. Contact NUsport's Elite Athlete Support Officer for more information.

For all event details and more on Unisport Australia visit

Am I eligible to compete?
Eligibility rules are available to view here. Students who have deferred study, dropped enrolments, taken a leave of absence etc, over the time of the event, are not eligible to compete. Competitors at the World University Games and Championships may be eligible to compete up to 12-months following completion of their degree.

Do I need to meet selection criteria?
Certain sports have specific criteria – for example Swimming and Athletics. Competitors in these sports MUST be able to demonstrate recent attainment of minimum qualifying times/distances etc. This can generally be shown via online results at events such as State Championships or similar. If you are not able to demonstrate qualifying standards you will not be permitted to compete.
For team sports, selections will be made via trials. If NUsport believes a team will not be competitive at a given event, it reserves the right to refuse entry for that team.

Will there be random anti-doping testing?
Yes. As an ASADA certified organisation there will be random anti-doping testing at Nationals. Athletes are encouraged to complete the ASADA Level 1 Anti-Doping Course to familiarise themselves with anti-doping processes and prohibited substances.

University of Newcastle defend
mixed touch title at unisport nationals!

In 2023, 250 University of Newcastle students represented Newcastle with pride across 12 sports and 19 teams at the annual UniSport Nationals held on the Gold Coast, QLD. Highlights of the tournament included Bronze - Women’s Hockey, Women’s Rugby 7s, Women’s Touch football, Women’s Water Polo, Silver - Lawn Bowls. In a close fought match, the UON mixed touch football team managed to out pace UQ with a final score of 7 - 6 bringing the mixed touch trophy to Newcastle for a second year running.

Mixed Touch Football
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