Sport and FitnessSports are a significant part of the Avondale experience. Internal competitions in squash, indoor soccer, netball and basketball run weekly during the semester. Other sporting activities include surfing, volleyball, squash, swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, rock climbing, abseiling, golf, cricket, wake-boarding, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, soccer, rugby, touch football, Aussie Rules football, mountain biking, hiking, camping, table tennis, and badminton. New teams and competitions are created every year. There is something for everyone, no matter what interest or skill level they hold.
Some of the most popular sporting groups include:
Avondale Basketball Association (ABA)
The ABA has run continuously for many years. In most years, almost a third of the student population participates in basketball’s social competition, from A-grade higher skilled players through to D-grade beginners. Basketball gives all students an opportunity to compete socially but also to be challenged and motivated. The ABA is by far Avondale’s biggest sporting club. Training and try-outs are also available for students wishing to represent the Avondale Eagles in both a mens and womens' basketball team at Eastern University Games each year.www.avondalebasketball.net
Avondale Netball Association
The ANA has also run continuously for many years. The Avondale Netball Association is a mixed-team sport made up of both men and women who competing week in the Chan Shun Auditorium. Training and try-outs are also available for students wishing to represent the Avondale Eagles in a mixed netball team at Eastern University Games each year.
Avondale Touch Football
Mens & womens' teams train and play weekly in a touch football competition held on Avondale's main oval. Speciality games, such as State of Origin, are also held throughout the season to keep allegiance’s strong. Touch football is open to both students and the local community, and is a fun way of getting fit and making new friends. Training and try-outs are also available for students wishing to represent the Avondale Eagles in both a mens and womens' touch football team at Eastern University Games each year.
Soccer has been played at Avondale over the last few years in the indoor auditorium facility and has recently moved outdoor on our revamped field. Over 100 students enjoy participation in the single-grade mixed competition. Soccer attracts many international students as well as local community members, which gives the sport a unique flavour.
Held in the auditorium squash courts every Sunday night, the Avondale Squash Competition was brought back to life in 2015 and has proven itself to be very popular. Like the page on Facebook for more information.
Avondale EaglesIn 2012, Avondale began participating in the annual Australian University Games. Avondale students see fantastic results in both their teams and individual competitions against many other tertiary institutions in the Eastern Univsersity Games. In 2015, the Avondale Eagles had representatives in basketball, futsal (indoor soccer), netball, tennis, touch football, cricket, squash, rugby union, and golf.
Keep up to date with the Avondale Eagles through their Facebook page: Avondale Eagles.
For a comprehensive list of sporting facilities on the Lake Macquarie campus, see Recreational Facilities.