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Anyone feeling an overwhelming urge to pick up a new sport? Whether we’re watching the Dolphins dominate in the pool or being exposed to sports we’ve never watched before (hello, trampoline gymnastics!) this year’s Olympics have us feeling sporty – and we’re keen to get involved.

Rowing

Did you know that you can take up rowing right here on the Gold Coast, without needing any prior experience? ​​Gold Coast Masters Rowers is increasing its membership and encouraging any new or past rowers to join the club – either on a recreational or professional basis! The club focuses on rowers aged 27 and up, though anyone over 18 is welcome to join. They offer a regular learn to row program by appointment on Saturday mornings as a transition to full club membership. Find them on Lake Orr at Varsity Lakes in the Sporthouse Complex.

Swimming

Our Aussie swim team has cleaned up in the Olympic pool this year, so it’s hardly a surprise that plenty of Aussies are feeling inspired to dive into the sport! Rackley Swimming offers a great place to start with its SwimFit+ adult squad program – they offer 40 sessions a week across their six Brisbane and Gold Coast locations. Alternatively, why not opt for an ocean swim? You can join the Saturday morning swimmers at 8am at Kurrawa Surf Club, or the Sunday ocean swim group Burleigh Boys and Girls, who meet at 7am at the Burleigh SLSC. 

Cycling

We’re blessed with plenty of beautiful bike paths here on the Gold Coast (check out a few of our favourites right here) meaning cycling is one of the easiest sports to get involved in – all you need is a bike! If you would like to take a more social approach, however, there are also plenty of cycling groups that you can join. Rather than phoning around or digging through Facebook to find your perfect fit, check out Gold Coast coach and Olympic medallist Sara Carrigan’s workshops or Ride Gold Coast – it’s the ultimate directory of social cycling groups, plus velodromes, group rides and the best biking destinations!

Soccer

Did you know that one in two Australian children play soccer, or that the sport has more participants than any other in Australia? If you want to kick it like Sam Kerr, but aren’t sure how to get involved, Football Gold Coast is the ultimate hub for adults eager to get into soccer! It promotes social and competitive soccer and futsal opportunities right here on the Gold Coast, from the Coomera Colts to the Kingscliff Wolves. If you’re not eager to play yourself, they also offer volunteering, refereeing and coaching opportunities which you can learn more about on their website.

Archery

Whether you want to play Robin Hood or you’re simply curious to know how it feels to shoot an arrow, why not get involved in archery? If you are keen to try your hand at this age-old sport, check out the Gold Coast Archery Club. Located in Tallebudgera Valley, this social archery club is run by volunteers and encourages members of the public to come in for their ‘Come N Try’ sessions. You can even take up coaching if you become hooked!

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