We support elite athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence

Griffith Sports College plays a vital role in fostering students who are also elite athletes, helping them devote time to training and competition while they complete their tertiary studies. As part of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network, the Sports College integrates sporting and academic aspirations.

Elite Athlete Program Benefits

Through dedicated assistance from Griffith Sports College, over 400 student athletes successfully balance the high demands of elite sport and university life each year.

  • Direct admission
  • Consideration for program admission flexibility
  • Personalised degree advice and course planning
  • Timetabling assistance and class flexibility
  • Assessment and exam flexibility
  • Opportunity to study with other institutions
  • Access to on-campus sporting facilities and gym
  • Funding for specific sporting events
  • Access and special rates for physiotherapy and sports science services
  • Tutoring assistance may be available

Join Griffith Sports College

If you compete at a state, national or international level in your sport, you might be eligible to join the Griffith Sports College. Elite athletes are identified as participating in an Australian Institute of Sport and Griffith University recognised sport.

Our staff

The Griffith Sports College team has a wealth of sporting and academic knowledge, with staff including director Duncan Free and manager Naomi McCarthy (nee Castle). Both are Olympic gold medallists and Griffith alumni who understand the demands student athletes face, and provide unique mentoring and support.

Sports Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for elite athletes who have excelled in their chosen sport


Griffith Sports College proudly supports champs such as Cameron McEvoy, Ashleigh Gentle and Emma McKeon. The College’s distinguished alumni spans 50 Olympians, Paralympians and Commonwealth Games athletes.

Elite athletes


We partner with leading sports clubs along with state and national sports organisations to enhance and complement elite sport in Australia.

Sports facilities

Our world-class sporting facilities include an aquatic centre, athletics track, tennis courts, gyms, fields and recreation halls.


Griffith University is an official partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Titans player graduates

NRL star Ryan James made his name with the Gold Coast Titans at the same time he was completing a business degree at Griffith University. He speaks to us about how he balanced the two challenges in his life with the help of the Griffith Sports College and the GUMURRII Student Support Unit.

Griffith Uni Women's National Sevens University Series