The Sports Precinct is being developed on campus to help the University of Canberra (UC) become one of Australia's leading tertiary sports institutions in scholarships and research.
Stage one of the project, the Sporting Commons, was completed in 2014 and attracted the attention of local Super Rugby franchise the ACT Brumbies, which now calls UC home. Special Olympics ACT, the ACT Sports Hall of Fame, UC Fit! and the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE) are also based at the Sporting Commons.
Located within the UCRISE facility is an environmental chamber, which is a shared research and athlete training facility co-funded by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the ACT Government and the University. Work done in the chamber has revealed new insights into the effects of environmental stressors (altitude, heat and humidity) on athletes during training and while they recover from injury.
The Sporting Commons are also benefitting our students, with honours and doctoral students working alongside the Brumbies, the AIS and the University of Canberra Capitals to gain valuable experience while they study.
Other facilities located within the Sporting Commons include gymnasiums, medical and rehabilitation areas, plunge pools, a sauna, a main oval and skills field, and a purpose-built bocce court for Special Olympics ACT.