Registration

We would love you to join and compete for SUAC for season 2023-24! There are 2 preferred registrations options depending on whether you are a track & field athlete OR whether you only compete off the track in winter road & cross country races:

2023-24 Athletics NSW (Open, Junior, Youth, Kids) Athlete Membership for the period 1 October 2023 to 30 September 2024 for both the ANSW Summer Track & Field AND 2024 Winter seasons (2023-24 summer & winter seasons) – registration open from 1 October 2023.

OR

2024 Winter Series Membership for the period 1 April 2024 to 30 September 2024 for the 2024 winter season ONLY (registration via methods below open for cross country, road & recreational run athletes is will be open from early 2024, excludes all Summer Athletics NSW Track & Field events). Winter event calendar can be found here.

A third option of  2023-24 Community Membership exists which is primarily designed for those who wish to experience community 3k and 5k track races (ie Bronze tier events only excluding all Gold & Silver tier events) and non-Championship winter events put on by Athletics NSW throughout the season. Community members pay more per event than Athlete Membership and results do not count for Summer or Winter club points however Community members do benefit from Athletics NSW insurance coverage. Community members can upgrade to Athlete Membership.

We recommend almost every athlete select the Athletics NSW Athlete Membership (1st option) except distance athletes who have missed the Summer Track & Field season who should become a Winter Series member. Can’t compete at the moment? Become a club volunteer member or NSW Official, scroll below FAQs on how to join!

Frequently asked questions (to assist new members)

What does registration mean and why should I join SUAC?
Do I need to be a University of Sydney Student to join SUAC?
Is there an age limit?
Does registration include training & coaching?
What about strength & conditioning training?
Where can I find the Summer season calendar?
Do I have to be good?
I only do fun runs, should I register?
Should I register for the RunNSW / Winter season if I am a sprinter or compete in field events?
What is RUNSYDUNI?
Can I register for Summer Track & Field season only?
Can I transfer from another club to SUAC?
I can't compete at the moment, can I volunteer?
Does Sydney University have its own track?
Why do the men wear all white & what’s with the tie?
How do I get my hands on a nifty club uniform?
How do I apply for an Elite Athlete Program scholarship?
How do I earn a University of Sydney Blue?
What ages are Open, Junior, Youth, & Kids Athletes?
What do I need to know about Youth and Kids membership and SUAC?
What are 2023-24 registration fees?
Can I use an Active Kids voucher?
I’ve got it, now how do I register?
How do I join summer & winter relay teams?
How do I be part of the UniSport Australia USYD Distance Running Championships?
How do I be part of the UniSport Australia USYD Nationals Division 1 Athletics team?
What does registration mean and why should I join SUAC?

You must be registered to compete in Athletics NSW & Athletics Australia sanctioned events and Championship events. Season competition can be found on the Athletics NSW website (there are also reciprocal arrangements with other States). Some events are free to enter, others are pay entry per event.

SUAC is Australia’s first and finest athletics club with huge success at club, national and international level.  We have superb coaches who have spent decades in the sport. We offer free entry to ES Marks track on Monday nights and free strength & conditioning sessions to eligible athletes at Sydney Uni high performance gym. For teams events SUAC covers race entry for NSW State Relays & Club Championships as well as all winter relay races and enters as many teams as there are athletes willing to compete. With the help of the University of Sydney we run our own on campus fun run RUNSYDUNI. You also get to be part of Australia’s first & finest athletics club and have a great time with a great bunch of people.

If you are a University of Sydney student you get to be part of our UniSport Nationals Division 1 team and a part of intervarsity history competing for USYD. And we organise lots of trips and run a heap of fantastic social events! So join us!

Do I need to be a University of Sydney Student to join SUAC?

Absolutely not, we’re open to all, including all levels and abilities! We especially welcome school leavers to SUAC and make the transition from school or junior athletics to senior athletics.

Is there an age limit?

From 2023 Athletics NSW is offering membership for children from 3 years old (Athletics NSW Kids) all the way up to masters. As a university club, our programs are principally directed at late high school, university age and above and do recommend parents read all FAQs to ensure SUAC is the right club for your child.

Does registration include training & coaching?

No, this is entirely separate to registration but we offer sprints, middle distance & distance coaching for runners aged 16 and older committed to 2 or more training sessions per week as well as free entry to ES Marks track on Monday nights. For details see Training

What about strength & conditioning training?

Free sessions exist for all SUAC registered athletes at the David Mortimer High Performance Gym under the supervision of our strength & conditioning coach Miles Downie at scheduled session times Monday, Wednesday & Friday, see also training. Further details regarding accessing these sessions is supplied upon registration.

Where can I find the Summer season calendar?

Okay. There are a few components. NSW competition is run by Athletics NSW and the calendar can be found here for season 2023-24. Please note meets get added from time to time which are communicated by email and social media. Athletics Australia run National Track & Field Championships and the Track Classics which can be found here. UniSport Australia run Nationals Division 1 Athletics and Distance Running Championships – see FAQs below for details. In addition we run our own Christimas Eve Mile and Sprint handicap events as well as RUNSYDUNI in semester 1 on campus (see below FAQ).

Do I have to be good?

Absolutely not! Athletics is for everyone and meets accommodate all levels and abilities. Sprint, middle distance and distance races are graded by seed time and often field events are split into 2 groups with different starting heights or boards.  The best way to improve is of course to train and compete!

I only do fun runs, should I register?

Yes you absolutely should! If you’re not keen on running on the track at all, the RunNSW Athletics NSW Winter Series registration provides discounted entry to Athletics NSW winter and RunNSW series events and enables you to earn points for SUAC in the Winter Premiership as well as testing yourself against the rest of NSW across all age groups.

Should I register for the RunNSW / Winter season if I am a sprinter or compete in field events?

No. You should register as a Athletics NSW Open or Concession Athlete. If it is Autumn or Winter and you’ve missed the current Track & Field season, you should be winter training however as you will be on the track or field in no time!

What is RUNSYDUNI?

RUNSYDUNI 2024 is our on-campus FREE 4km fun run held in semester 1 on Wednesday 8 May and includes FREE training sessions in the lead up commencing week 1 of semester 1. It is put on by our coaches and club athletes for the benefity of the University of Sydney community. For more details check out RUNSYDUNI

Can I register for Summer Track & Field season only?

No, the two preferred options are Athletics NSW Athlete Membership (includes Summer & Winter seasons) OR  Winter (RunNSW) season only. The Community membership also exists for those who do not wish to compete in Championship or Club events.

Can I transfer from another club to SUAC?

Yes, if you are financially registered in the current season with a club other than SUAC, you can transfer in. Request your club’s Registrar commence the transfer process or send us a message via the Contacts session. Please note if you aren’t registered with a club in the current season, you can register directly with SUAC.

I can't compete at the moment, can I volunteer?

Yes, yes, yes! We are always on the look out for volunteers! If you would like to contribute to our social media activities, events we run such as RUNSYDUNI, as a volunteer official at a summer or winter meet or for meet day medical or administration assistance, we would love to hear from you. Further details here

Does Sydney University have its own track?

Sadly no despite the University being around since 1850 however we organise the on-campus fun run event RUNSYDUNI, a 4km fun run and pre-event training sessions around campus. The closest public track is ES Marks Athletics Track (Anzac Parade, Moore Park) operated by Centennial Parklands Trust. All SUAC athletes have exclusive access of this track between 6:30pm – 7:30pm on Monday’s with our coaches.

Why do the men wear all white & what’s with the tie?

SUAC was founded in 1878, that’s over 140 years of club uniform which has featured proudly around the world including Diamond League meets by Nick Hough, James Nipperess, Jenny Blundell & Nicola McDermott and made a memorable appearance at the World Beer Mile Championships by World Championships representative Jack Colreavy.

How do I get my hands on a nifty club uniform?

Singlets, training tops, crop tops, shorts and briefs can be purchased through the Registrar from the University of Sydney (by appointment only), at training or at some meets.

How do I apply for an Elite Athlete Program scholarship?

Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness administers all aspects of the scholarship program (Elite Athlete Program) including candidate acceptance, see susf.com.au/scholarships and carefully read all information especially closing dates for application. If you have specific questions in relation to the Athletics component of the EAP, feel free to message us.

How do I earn a University of Sydney Blue?

Sydney University Athletics Club has a proud history of student athletes being awarded University of Sydney Blues and Golds and proudly wearing the award jackets. There are a number of award criteria so it is best discussing these directly with our Director of Athletics prior to summer and/or winter season commencement to ensure these requirements are met.

What ages are Open, Junior, Youth, & Kids Athletes?

Junior (U18-20) Athletes must 19 years of age or younger as at 31 December of the registration season, similarly for Junior (U14-17), Youth (U8-13). Open athletes are 20 or above as at 31 December of the registration season.

What do I need to know about Youth and Kids membership and SUAC?

Please read the FAQs above as several are also relevant to Youth or Kids age groups. Being a university-based club founded in 1878 means we do not have a current affiliation with Little Athletics clubs, nor do we have a  junior program like we do UniSport Nationals or our scholarship programs or our Target Paris program. Overwhelmingly our athletes are of high school senior and university age and beyond. There is no track on campus at the University for athletes to train or compete on and strength & conditioning sessions are available to athletes of university age and above only.  SUAC currently does not run its own meets but junior athletes have in the past competed at NSW Relay Championships in events where relay teams can be filled in the event and age group where numbers allow.

What are 2023-24 registration fees?

2023-24 Athlete fees for NSW Athlete Membership are Open $240, Junior (U18-20) $190, Junior (U14-17) $110, Youth (U8-13) & Kids (3-7) $110. Community membership is $50 but only provides access to non-championship, community-oriented (Bronze tier) races put on by ANSW (and it includes insurance). Winter series/RunNSW for roads and cross country season for 2024 are TBC. A Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness annual membership is required as well.  As a not for profit club, fees go to the cost of running the club and supporting our athletes. Please select carefully and read Athletics NSW terms when registering carefully as no refunds are available from Atheltics NSW or SUAC.

Can I use an Active Kids voucher?

At this stage no unfortunately for Concession members or Dual Athletes.

I’ve got it, now how do I register?

See below! Please note current 2022/23 members cannot renew until 1 October 2023. Non-current members can register NOW!

How do I join summer & winter relay teams?

All information regarding competition & social events, relay teams, trips etc occurs within our private facebook group for current and former members so please request to join. Once we know you, we will happily add you to our private group so you can keep up to date with everything that is going on. Further details upon registration.

How do I be part of the UniSport Australia USYD Distance Running Championships?

If you are a current USYD student then you can represent the University of Sydney! In 2024 this event is part of the Sydney Marathon weekend on Sunday 15 September for both the half marathon and marathon. Information available on the UniSport Australia event page, just make sure you select University of Sydney and put in your Student ID when entering.  Registration with SUAC is not required to compete at UniSport Nationals Distance Running Championships. If you have entered and wish to purchase a SUAC uniform to wear in the event, please send us a message via our contacts page.

How do I be part of the UniSport Australia USYD Nationals Division 1 Athletics team?

Are you a current USYD student? If yes, we would love you to be part of our team and defend our 2023 women’s title and do the double with our men in 2024! UniSport Nationals will run again on the Gold Coast from 24 – 26 April, UniSport event page here. Interested? Fill out our UniSport Nationals 2024 Expression of Interest form  and we will be in contact.  Competition rules can be found here

To Register or Renew (2023-24 season registration)

Select NEW if never previously registered or RETURNING via the Athletics NSW portal at:

Upon completion you will receive a confirmation email regarding Athletics NSW, a link to our private facebook group, free strength & conditioning sessions information, usage of ES Marks track on Mondays, uniforms and contact details. For those new members, we look forward to meeting you!

 

Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness Annual Membership

As a member of SUAC and/or to compete at UniSport Australia Nationals Divsion 1 Athletics you also need to be an annual member of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness, our parent organisation, which is available online at susf.com.au.  Annual Memberships are $10 Sydney Uni Students, $60 non-students, $30 U18. This includes our free strength & conditioning sessions on campus with our strength & conditioning trainer and complimentary Monday night ES Marks athletic track access.

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Registered athletes should read and be familiar with all relevant codes and policies:

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