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In 2016 I can...

There are strong links between your health and wellbeing and your physical activity. If you are more active you will also be healthier and happier, so start to think about the things that you can do to get moving in 2016.

The GCC 2016 is a team based walking challenge to help improve the health and wellbeing of workers through regular physical activity, and the University is encouraging staff to participate in the challenge again this year.

Build teams with GCC. What better way to get to know your colleagues than by walking and talking with them.

“Team work in our area of the University was significantly enhanced through the GCC program. We had several teams participating and this provided us with an opportunity to support each other in a context that was sensitive to confidentiality and related to work but outside of working hours and pressures. When colleagues are having a tough time, we used the GCC as an excuse to take a walk together on our lunch break and benefit from social support and mindful thinking. We even had a few team exercise sessions after work. The University’s offering of this program to staff shows real commitment to workplace health and great leadership in supporting a positive and productive working environment.”

How Do I Get Involved ?

The challenge officially starts on 25 May and you have until 5 May to register your teams. It costs just $525 (+ GST) to register a team of seven.

Note: The University of Sydney acknowledges participation in GCC me requiring the input of personal information is on a voluntary basis and employees can opt in to participate having agreed, on an individual basis on the GCC terms and conditions.


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If you have any questions about registering, or would like some communication resources to help spread the word within your area, please contact 03 9536 8181.

GCC Fast Facts - How we finished up in 2015

University GCC statistics, how we finished up in 2015
Daily Step Average: 13,429 steps
Total distance covered: 426,604km (this equates to walking around the length of Great Britain 306 times)
Total energy burnt: 112,637,869 kj (this equates to 166,624 glasses of red wine or 107,787 slices of cake!)

For 2016 fast facts, keep coming back to this page as the challenege progresses

For full details of the Sydney University 2015 Results, click GCC 2015 Sydney University Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are the teams being funded this year? In 2015 and again this year the costs are not being funded centrally through Safety, Health and Wellbeing and we have requested faculties/PSU's cover the cost. Some teams may need to self-fund. Entry is $82.50 (inc.GST) per person and you will need a team of seven to enter.

3. The University of Sydney acknowledges participation in GCC me requiring the input of personal information is on a voluntary basis and employees can opt in too participate having agreed, on an individual basis on the GCC terms and conditions.

4. Can I still register for the GCC? Team registrations are now open for the 2016 challenge. Use the link above to register your team now.

5. What are the responsibilities of the team captain? The team captain registers their team, receives and distributes the Pulse accelerometers to their fellow team members, and hopefully provides inspiring team leadership and motivation.

6. I can’t find my GCC login details. What should I do? Your team captain should be able to login and re-send your GCC welcome email. If that doesn't work, contact Safety, Health and Wellbeing on x15555 or

7. Are my daily steps uploaded automatically from the GCC Pulse to the website, or is it manual entry? You can choose to manually enter your daily steps on the GCC App or website online using your GCC website login details OR you can use the GCC device and synch your steps to the App or synch your own personal device to the App.

8. How often should I reset my GCC Pulse accelerometer? The GCC Pulse accelerometer only needs to be reset once per day ie. last thing at night when you take it off, or first thing in the morning when you put it on. That's when you record your steps for the day. The device will snooze while you are seated or stationary (to save battery power), but will wake-up again when you start moving.

9. Does my swimming count towards my GCC steps? Yes. As long as you count the number of laps you do (and know the length of the pool), then all of this effort will count via the swim to step converter on the GCC step entry page. For example, four laps of a 25m pool would mean you add 100m to the swim converter. This equates to 475 well deserved steps.

10. Does my cycling count towards my GCC steps? Yes. Just enter your cycling distance (kilometres or miles) into the cycling to step converter on the GCC step entry page. This will automatically convert and credit your step entry with the extra ‘steps’ you earned on the bike. Please ensure that you still wear your GCC Pulse when cycling as the small movement detected while riding also counts towards your daily activity.

11. What happens if a member of my GCC team withdraws from the competition? The team member can be replaced.

12. Does workers compensation insurance cover an injury caused as a result of participating in the GCC? Workers compensation insurance covers injuries incurred as a result of someone’s normal course of employment. If someone is injured during a work sanctioned event, they may be covered for that injury but. If an injury does occur as a result of participating in the GCC please contact Injury Management immediately.