Your Crash Course to Playing ANU Sport

Have you resolved this year to get more involved in sport on campus? Do you feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of options available? Have you been wondering what sport you can find that might be a bit more unorthodox and more substantial than social lunchtime competitions? Well, this list is for you.

ANU Sport has a myriad of associated clubs and societies that cater for all sporting interests. Below are short features on a number of mainstream and also some not-so-common clubs. In addition to those listed, look out for badminton, caving, futsal, hockey, judo, jujitsu, kung fu, rugby union, sailing, scuba, snowsports, women’s soccer, swimming, touch football and volleyball!

Aikido Aiki Kai
Website: aikidocanberra.org
Season: Year-round
Training times: See website.
Our mixed-ability classes focus on beginners. Join the club in O-Week and start training. Be part of the national and international world of Aikido.

ANU Aikido Club (John Turnbull Sensei)
Website: aikido.net.au
Season: Year-round
Training times: See website.
The club, established by John Turnbull Sensei, is the oldest Aikido centre in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the few teaching the original holistic art including meditation, weapons defence, and defence against multiple attackers.

Australian Rules Football
Website: anuafc.com.au
Season: April-September (pre-season has started)
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm
The ANUAFC has been providing a safe, friendly and fun environment for male and female players to learn and enjoy Australian Rules Football since 1961.

Basketball
Website: facebook.com/anubasketball/
Season: Year-round
Training times: Tuesdays 3 – 5pm
The ANU Owls Basketball Club is very excited to bring basketball back to the ANU campus. The club is focusing on internal competitions and trainings for 2017.

Boats (rowing)
Website: anuboatclub.org/
Season: Year-round
Training times: See website.
The Boat Club caters to rowers of all levels and aspirations, from beginner to high performance, social and competing. Squads train from the ANU Boat House most mornings on beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. The next Introduction to Rowing program commences Thursday 23 February.

Cricket
Website: anucc.act.cricket.com.au
Season: September-March
Training times: See website.
The ANU Cricket Club fields teams in district and grade competitions in the ACT region. The club plays on turf wickets at South and North ovals. Both men’s and women’s teams are popular.

Cycling
Website: anucycling.club
Season: Year-round
Training times: Sundays 7am, otherwise see website/Facebook
The ANU Cycling Club welcomes members of all abilities to join us on rides, whether they be commuters, road, mountain or track cyclists. Events for all styles of riders are available!

Fencing
Website: anufencing.club
Season: Year-round
Training times: Tuesday 7–10PM, Sunday 11AM–2PM, at ANU Sport
The Fencing Club caters to many experience levels, and our active members include both beginner and intermediate fencers, as well as national and international-level athletes.

Kendo
Website: anukendo.org/
Season: Year-round
Training times: Four times weekly. See website.
‘Kendo’ literally translates as ‘The Way of the Sword.’ Kendo is one of Japan’s oldest martial arts, and the one most closely associated with the Samurai. The concept of kendo is to discipline the human spirit through the principles of the katana (Japanese sword).

Mountaineering
Website: anumc.org.au
Season: Year-long
Training times: See website.
The ANU Mountaineering Club is Canberra’s largest and most active outdoor activities club. We run over 100 trips a year in a myriad of different activities at all levels.

Netball
Website: anunetball.com
Season: Year-round options available
Training times: Varies between teams. See website.
The ANU Netball Club offers you the opportunity to get fit and make friends at the same time. The club provides competitions with varying levels of difficulty and holds a number of social events throughout the year including an annual pub crawl and end-of-year ball.

Quidditch
Website: facebook.com/ANUOwls/
Season: Year-long
Training times: Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm at Fellows Oval.
Quidditch is a fast-growing sport which combines elements of handball, dodgeball and rugby. You can try four training sessions before signing up!

Soccer (mens)
Website: anufc.org.au/
Season: February- September
Training times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 – 9pm
One of Canberra’s biggest and most successful football clubs. ANUFC welcome players of all levels wanting to play football in a friendly environment.

Table Tennis
Website: facebook.com/ANUTableTennis
Season: Year-round
Training times: Tuesdays 4 – 6pm, Saturdays 1 – 4pm, at the Old Sports Hall
All things table tennis at the ANU! Players of all skill levels welcome. $30 for one semester or $50 for the year. First two sessions are free!

Taekwon-Do
Website: precisiontkd.com.au
Season: Year-round
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays. See website.
Taekwon-Do is the world’s most popular martial art! It includes self-defence, sparring, board breaking and patterns. At the ANU Taekwon-Do Club, you will benefit from dynamic and personalised training, learning from some of the best instructors in Australia.

Tennis
Website: anutennis.org/
Season: Year-round
Training times: Fridays and Sundays 4 – 6pm (social), Sundays 2 – 4pm (advanced).
ANU Tennis plays at the South Oval tennis courts. In Term 1, look out for the First Hit, Intervarsity Trials, ANU Tennis Open, ANU Tennis Ball and the Refugee Tennis Outreach!

Ultimate Frisbee
Website: anuultimateclub.com/
Season: Year-long
Training times: Wednesdays 6 – 8.30pm
Check out ANU Ultimate to learn a uniquely challenging sport, train for the Interhall Disc season, and join us at Eastern and Australian

For more information on any club or society go to the ANU Sport website: anu-sport.com.au