Registration

We would love you to join and compete for SUAC for season 2023-2024! There is a preferred registration option for those wishing to represent SUAC:

Athletics NSW (Open, Junior, Youth, Kids) Athlete Membership registration is from the period 1 September 2023 – 31 August 2024 which covers both summer track & field season and winter road & cross country seasons (see fees FAQ below).

A second option is Community Membership exists which is primarily designed for those who wish to experience community 3k and 5k track races 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 also offer Athletics NSW Official registration for those wishing to try their hand at officiating and Club Volunteer Membership for those wishing to assist athletes and administrators.

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 & Winter season calendars?
Do I have to be good?
I only do fun runs, should I register?
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?
Is there any club merchandise I can buy?
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 2023-2024 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 club 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! We recommend parents of young children read all FAQs to ensure SUAC is the right fit for your child. As a member you may be entitled to vote at our Annual General Meeting (subject to the Constitution) which can be found in Member Codes below.

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?

Club sessions exist for all SUAC registered athletes at the David Mortimer High Performance Gym under the supervision of our strength & conditioning coaches 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 & Winter season calendars?

Okay. There are a few components. NSW competition is run by Athletics NSW and the calendar can be found here for the upcoming seasons. 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 2 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. There are of course 3000m, 5000m and 10000m track events where you can improve your road PB considerably.

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, there is only one Athletics NSW Athlete Membership which includes Summer & Winter seasons as registration is for the period from 1 October to 31 August (see fee FAQ below). 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?

Competition singlets, crop tops, shorts and briefs can be purchased by registered members only through the Registrar from the University of Sydney (by appointment only), at training or at some meets. See next FAQ for non-competition merchandise.

Is there any club merchandise I can buy?

Yes! Currently we are offering SUAC branded Nike long sleeve Dri-Fit long sleeve training shirts and Nike hoodies from our partners Pacific Team Sports. We will be adding new products in future. Due to batch processing, please allow up to 5 weeks from ordering to delivery. To order click here

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 and prospectus, especially closing dates for applications.

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. The awards criteria can be found here.

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 our coaches have a minimum age of 16. 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 2023-2024 registration fees?

2023-2024 Athlete fees for NSW Athlete Membership are Open $240, Junior (U18-20) $190, Junior (U14-17) $110. From 10 May 2024 the fees are reduced to Open $115, Junior (U18-20) $115.  Community membership is $50 but only provides access to non-championship, community-oriented (Bronze tier) races put on by ANSW (and it includes insurance). 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 we are unable to accommodate Active Kids vouchers.

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 marathon (sold out as of 15 May) and 10km events (still available). Information is available on the UniSport Australia event page, just make sure you register with UniSport Australia via this link with your Sydney Marathon ID and USYD Student ID (there is no cost).  If you have entered and wish to purchase a SUAC uniform to wear in the event (you do not have to and if you are running for a charity, we obviously encourage you to wear your charity shirt), 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, 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 club strength & conditioning sessions on campus with our strength & conditioning trainer and complimentary Monday night ES Marks athletic track access.

Member Codes

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

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