Nationals

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

Nationals provides the opportunity for students from more than 40 universities from across Australia to compete head-to-head in a number of sporting competitions. In 2019, the Nationals will return to the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Team 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 were crowned overall champions once again when the competition returned to Perth in 2016. 

Nationals Trials

Trial dates for Nationals will be confirmed in early 2019 - check back for regularly for updates. These trials will inform selection of Team UWA.

View trial dates 

Nationals Div 1

Held annually in September, Nationals Div 1 consists of 33 different sport competitions contested across men's, women's, mixed and open categories. 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.

*Indicates the competition dates for this sport will fall outside of the standard competition week 

When: Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October

Where: Gold Coast, Queensland

In 2019, UWA has qualified to contest in the following sports: 

Sport Competition dates Location
Triathlon*Sunday 17 MarchMaloolabah, Gold Coast
Athletics (M,W)*April TBCBrisbane TBC
Hockey (M,W)*April or July TBCBrisbane TBC
Swimming (M,W)*Friday 10 May–Sunday 12 MaySydney Olympic Park
Taekwondo (M,W)*Friday 6 September–Sunday 8 SeptemberTBD
AFL (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Baseball (M) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Basketball 3x3 Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Basketball (M) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Beach Volleyball Pairs (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Beach Volleyball Fours (X) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Cheer and Dance Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Cycling (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Fencing (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Futsal (W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Golf (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Handball Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Judo (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Kendo (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Lawn Bowls Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Rowing (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Rugby 7s (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Sailing (O) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Softball (W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Squash (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Table Tennis (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Tenpin Bowling (O) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Ultimate Frisbee (M,W) Saturday 28 September–Thursday 3 October Gold Coast
Surfing (M,W)* TBC NSW
Surfing - Body Board (M,W)* TBC NSW
Surfing - Long Board (M,W)* TBC NSW
Surfing - Stand Up (M,W)* TBC NSW
T20 Cricket* TBC November TBC
Water Polo (M,W)* TBC TBC

Nationals Div 2

Held annually in July, Nationals Div 2 consists of 14 different sport competitions contested across men's, women's, mixed and open categories and is an 'open entry' event. Students compete for promotion to Div 1.

When: Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 July

Where: Gold Coast, Queensland

Sport Competition dates Location
Badminton (M,W)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Basketball (W)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Football (M,W)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Goal BallMonday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Handball (O)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
LacrosseMonday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Netball (W,MX)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Sport ClimbingMonday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Tennis (M,W)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Touch (M,W,MX)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast
Volleyball (M,W)Monday 8th July-Thursday 11 JulyGold Coast

Register for Nationals trials

Register your participation in Nationals trials 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.

In 2019, the World University Games will be held in Napoli, Italy from Wednesday July 3-Sunday July 14.

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.