Developing pathways for students and elite athletes

At Griffith University, we work closely with leading sport institutions, organisations, academies, and professional sporting teams to develop pathways for students and elite athletes.

Elite athletes from these organisations are supported while attending Griffith University, through assistance in course selection, entry pathways, exam and assignment deferrals and one-on-one mentoring from the dedicated Sports College staff.

Having these partnerships may also open the door for current students to be involved in internships, research opportunities and new avenues of learning.

Surfing Australia: Ian Luke

Surfing Australia: Dru Adler

Surfing Australia: James Lewis

GC Suns: Fiona McLarty

GC Suns: Aaron Duffy

Current partners

Gold Coast Academy of Sport

The Gold Coast Academy of Sport and Griffith University have built a close working relationship through collaboration and the sharing of ideas, knowledge and facilities. Workshops which are a joint program aimed at high school students and pre-elite athletes educate students on the various facets of elite sport including nutrition, media training, leadership, public speaking, ethics and balancing life and sport.

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Gold Coast Suns

The Gold Coast SUNS were established in 2009 with the promise of bringing bold, fresh, community-focused football to the people of the Gold Coast. Since inception, the club has worked hard to promote the growth of the game in Queensland, while also committing to community work with a focus on key social projects tackling domestic violence, youth homelessness and more. The partnership allows both parties to achieve remarkable things across a number of different research, sports science and internship initiatives

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Griffith University Knights

Griffith University Colleges Rugby Union Club is the largest senior club on the Gold Coast playing in The Gold Coast Premier Competition. Catering for all ages and skill levels.

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Griffith Uni Surfers Paradise Rowing Club

Griffith University Surfers Paradise Rowing Club offers the Gold Coast's only fully professionally coached Elite Rowing Programs. Targeted Development Programs are available for School, Junior, U21, U23 and Senior Athletes. GUSPRC is a friendly Gold Coast club that provides rowing opportunity to all levels of experience in beautiful Surfers Paradise.

National Rugby League

We work directly with the Gold Coast Titans to increase educational opportunities for elite athletes. Through direct support from the Griffith Sports College, NRL players have access to flexible study options while playing professional sport.

Gold Coast Titans player and co-captain Ryan James has recently graduated with a Griffith University business degree.

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Queensland Academy of Sport

Griffith fosters a strong and important alliance with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), engaging the Centre of Excellence for Applied Sports Science Research through project, research affiliates and scholarship support.Griffith's alliance with the QAS encompasses our four academic groups (Arts, Education and Law; Business; Health; Sciences) that undertake focused, innovative and integrated research fundamental to a successful high-performance sport system and elite athletic performance.

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Surfing Australia

Griffith University has jumped on board with Surfing Australia to ride the wave of shaping the next generation of surfing talent.  Griffith is the official university of the sport’s peak association body.  The partnership provides Griffith students with the opportunity to gain industry experience through placements and internships across a range of disciplines.  Griffith will also contribute value to Surfing Australia through high performance, sports research and innovation.

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Swimming Australia

Griffith University, Gold Coast campus has been named as a Swimming Australia supported High Performance Centre. This partnership will allow Swimming Australia's top athletes to train at the aquatic centre on campus and be serviced by Griffith staff and students. This will create opportunities for students to gain experience within a high performance program, along with research and delivery of sports science and sports medicine (SSSM).