Nationals

Have you got what it takes? Step forward and join Team UWA.

You can play for Team UWA in intervarsity competition run by Australian University Sport. In 2018, the Nationals will return to the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Nationals is a multi-sport competition between teams from more than 40 Australian universities and tertiary institutions across 30-plus sports. The Games were first held in 1993 in Queensland and is now the flagship event on the university sporting calendar, attracting over 6,000 competitor's each year.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) became the first university outside the big 3 (the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University) to win the Overall Title since 1994, when we clinched the title on our home turf in Perth at the 2010 games. UWA backed it up again when the competition returned to Perth in 2016 by taking out the Overall Title again.

Nationals 2018 Trials

Trials for a range of Div 1 and Div 2 sports will take place in May. These trials will inform selection of Team UWA.

View trial dates 

Nationals Div 1

Nationals Div 1 is Australia’s largest annual multi-sport event, and will see Team UWA compete against students from over 40 other universities. Individuals and teams competing in Nationals Div 1 are all contending for the overall championship titles in their chosen sport, leading to national recognition in an elite atmosphere.

When: 22 – 27 September 2018

Where: Gold Coast, Queensland

In 2018, UWA has qualified to contest in the following sports:
*The competition date for this sport will fall outside of the standard competition week.

Sport Competition dates Team/player make-up
AFL (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 21-30 Players per team
Athletics (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September Unlimited/Must be currently registered to an athletics club
Badminton Women Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 4-6 Players per team
Baseball (O) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 12-18 Players per team
Basketball Men Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 8-12 Players per team
Beach Volleyball (M,W)Pairs Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 2 Players per team
Beach Volleyball (Mx)Fours Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 4-6 Players per team Minimum 2 girls
Cheer and Dance* Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 September TBC
Cycling (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September Unlimited/Must be currently registered to cycling club
Fencing (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September TBC
Futsal (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 7-13 Players per team
Golf (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September Unlimited/Must have Golf Australia Handicap
Judo* (M,W) Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 September TBC
Kendo* (M,W) Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 September 3-7 Players per team
Hockey (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 14-18 Players per team
Rugby 7s (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 8-13 Players per team
Sailing (Open) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September TBC
Softball Women Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 10-16 Players per team
Squash (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September Min 3- 2 Male/1 female Max- 5, 3 male/ 2 Female
Swimming (M,W) Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27 September Unlimited/Must be currently registered to Swimming club
Table Tennis (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 4-6 Players per team
Taekwondo* (M,W) Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 September TBC
Tenpin (Open) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 5-8 Players per team
Ultimate (M,W) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 10-18 Players per team
Volleyball Women Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 7-12 Players per team
Rowing* (M,W) Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 September 1 crew in every event / 14 events
Surfing (M,W, Stand up/Long Board/Body Body) Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 2 male 1 female Stand Up, 1 Long Board (either M,F) 1 Body Board (either M,F)

Nationals Div 2

Nationals Div 2 sees university students battle it out for promotion to Nationals Div 1. The competition is no less fierce, with a wide range of sports to play in.

When: 1 – 5 July 2018

Where: Gold Coast, Queensland

In 2018, UWA has qualified to contest in the following sports:

Sport Competition dates Team/player make-up
Badminton Men Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 4-6 Players per team
Basketball Women Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 8-12 Players per team
Football (M, W) Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 14-19 Players per team
Handball (Open) Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 9-13 Players per team
Netball (W, Mx) Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 10-14 Players per team
Tennis (M,W) Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 4-6 Players per team
Touch (M, W, Mx) Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 9-14 Players per team
Volleyball Men Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 7-12 Players per team
Water Polo (M,W) Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July 8-13 Players per team

Register for Nationals trials

Register your participation in the Trials for the games here.

Register Nationals Div 1

Register Nationals Div 2

World University Games and Championships teams (international)

The World University Games (WUG) and World University Championships (WUC) are held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and are hosted by countries around the world. World University Championships for individual sports alternate annually with the World University Games.

Team UWA Sport Managers Program

The Team UWA Sport Coach Manager Program  was introduced in 2017 to aid teams competing at Unisport Australia events in competing at a more professional level. UWA Sport supports all aspects of Team UWA, through the recruitment of students, organisation, registrations and management of the team. The role of the Sport Coach Manager (SCM) will be to manage all aspects of the allocated sporting team’s organisation in preparation for the National event. The role will provide support to their team in the lead up to and during the games whilst acting as the main liaison to UWA Sport. The Sport Manager is a voluntary position, that is fully funded in respect to airfares, accommodation, registration fees and a meal allowance for the duration of the event.

Applications can be made stating your relevant experience, evidence of any coaching qualification and confirming your availability for the role by emailing Nicole.Serafini@sport.uwa.edu.au

Please place “Sport Coach Manager” in the subject line.


Frequently asked questions

What if my chosen sport is made up of several different events?

Some sports including swimming and athletics, have several different events that make up the competition. To find out more, simply follow the links below.

Athletics

Swimming

How do I know if I am eligible to compete at Nationals?

Eligibility criteria, including details pertaining to current enrolment, can be found online at Unisport Australia's website by following the link below.

University Sport Australia Eligibility

How can I find out more about the changes to the Unisport Model?

In 2018, Unisport Australia changed the national model from the Uni Games format, to the National Championships model. The new model, sees the competition split into two divisions, Div One and Div  Two played in July and September respectively. To find out more, head online to the Unisport website.

Uni Sport Australia

Can I play more than one sport at Nationals?

You are able to participate in a total of one sport in each Division during a calendar year (i.e. a total of one sport for Div 2 and a total of one sport for Div 1). No cross accreditations will be permitted in 2018.

What changes can I expect from Team UWA this year?

Team UWA will be implementing a range of strategies to reflect the elite nature of Nationals. This includes holding risk management, nutrition, recovery, and performance psychology sessions, as well as and organising group activities while at Nationals.

In addition, Team UWA will now be staying at a centralised location on the Gold Coast to increase team-bonding and support networks close. All sessions and detailed information will be circulated to successfully selected athletes.