Actively Part of the Community

The Forum is not just a gym – it is actively part of the community.

NUsport through The Forum is proud to play an active role in helping to raise awareness and funds that support local charities, schools, sporting and surf clubs.

Each year The Forum provides use of it's facilities as well as donates prizes to assist community-based organisations in their fundraising endeavours. This support is valued at more than $50,000 each year - a contribution that we are proud of. If you would like to be considered for a donation or in-kind support, click here for more information.

What other local events and charities has The Forum supported?

  • Surfest - Crowdfunding Participant. Part of an elite group of 85 organisations and people who also believe that supporting a world-class event is the right thing to do.  Congratulations to 2018 naming rights sponsor #grandstandphysiowomenspro
  • Leukaemia Foundation - in honour of our staff member Matt Storey who passed away in October 2017 after a long battle with both Hodgkin Lymphoma and graft-versus-host-disease.
  • Variety Spin 4 Kids - The Forum is proud to support Variety Spin 4 Kids, Newcastle's first outdoor spin bike team challenge.
  • Charlie's Run 4 Kids - Charlie’s Run 4 Kids is a local running group that raises money for a family in need. Charlie Carr lost her battle with Neuroblastoma in April 2015.
  • Got Your Back Sista - 'Got Your Back Sista’ is a registered charity which aims to support other women, including our most vulnerable sistas, those who have escaped a violent relationship and must start their lives again.
  • Entertainment Book - Raising funds for the Adolescent Ward at the John Hunter Hospital.
  • Larapinta Trial Challenge - 30 volunteer trekkers from the UON community of alumni, business leaders, students and staff will trek the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory.
  • Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
  • Trek for a Cure - 5 Day World Expedition to raise funds for Cancer Council.

Meet our Athletes

NUsport is proud to acknowledge the sporting alumni of the University of Newcastle.


Successes from students past and present in the sporting arena have contributed to the University of Newcastle being regarded as a University of Sporting Distinction.  NUsport is proud to have such high quality athletes represent our University.

Anthony Ekert

Anthony Ekert

Sport: Rugby Union
Studied: B. Surveying


Achievements
• 1989 and 1992 UON Sports Person of the Year, finalist in 1991
• University Blue
• Represented Newcastle, NSW Country, NSW and Australia.

Carolyn Connors

Carolyn Connors

Sport: Swimming
Studied: B. Science


Achievements
• 1980 World Record Holder, 100m Butterfly
• 1980 Paralympic Games, two silver and one bronze medal
• 1982 UON Sports Person of the Year

Chris Hill

Chris Hill

Sport: Ultimate Frisbee
Studying: B Engineering (Chemical) /
B Mathematics


Achievements
• 4 time Australian University Sport Green
& Gold Recipient
• University Blue
• Australian Open Ultimate Representative
• 2014 University of Newcastle EUG Team Captain

Heath Francis

Heath Francis

Sport: Athletics
Studied: B. Commerce / B. Business

Achievements
• 2000, 2004 & 2008 Paralympic Games, with a tally of six gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
• 2006 Commonwealth Games, Gold medallist
• 2010 Commonwealth Games

Jake Sylvester

Jake Sylvester

Sport: Surfing
Studying: B Teaching (Primary) / B Arts


Achievements
• 2014 Australian University Champion Surfing (shortboard)
• 2013 Australasian Pro Junior Champion
• Two-time Surfest Pro Junior Champion

Katie-Jayne Kelly

Katie-Jayne Kelly

Sport: Hockey
Studying: B Teaching (Primary) / B Arts


Achievements
• University of Newcastle 1st Grade Hockey
• 2013 Australian University Games Bronze
• 2013 Newcastle Open Representative
• 2013 NSW Country Representative
• 2013 Australian Country Representative
• 2014 Eastern University Games Gold

Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly

Sport: Judo
Studied: B. Science (Honours); M. Science (Chemistry)


Achievements
• 2002 Commonwealth Games, Bronze Medal
• 2004 Olympic Games
• 1998 UON Sports Person of the Year, finalist 1992 and 1997
• University Blue

Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham

Sport: Freestyle Mogul Skiing
Studying: B Engineering (Civil) / B Business


Achievements
• 2014 7th Place Sochi Winter Olympics
• 2014 2nd place at the Australian University Snow Sports Championships
• 2014 End of year world ranking of 4th
• 2014 UON Sports Person of the Year
• University Blue



Robbie Rochow

Robbie Rochow

Sport: Rugby League
Studying: Studying B. Civil Engineering (Honours)


Achievements
• 2014 & 2013 NRL Academic Team of the Year
• Newcastle Knights, NRL Squad member
• 2014 Country Origin Squad member
• Finalist, 2013 UON Sports Person of the Year

Sophie Stanwell

Sophie Stanwell

Sport: Heptathlon
Studying: B Nutrition & Dietetics


Achievements
• 2012 Australian University Games Champion
• 2013 World University Games
• 2013 Friends of the University Sports Scholar
• 2013 UON Sports Person of the Year
• 2014 Commonwealth Games


Tara Andrews

Tara Andrews

Sport: Football
Studying: B Engineering (Civil) /
B Engineering (Environmental)


Achievements
• Awarded MVP, Golden Boot & Scoring Champion - USA W League
• Matlidas training camps October 2015 - February 2016
• Played for Australia against China 25 October and South Korea 29 November 2015
• 2015 UON Sports Person of the Year