The SUNS won’t shy away from our past and will take whatever comes their way head on.

The club felt it needed to do something to break the cycle, and therefore undertook a very deliberate transformation of the SUNS.

In breaking the cycle, the SUNS have reset our football department, playing list, and many of our programs.

Importantly, following the end of the 2018 season, our football department welcomed 14 new staff who joined 13 new players, all of whom bring great character and experience.

“For a young club, it is easy to think that the future will look after itself, that good things will just happen for us as we get more years and experience under the belt. But not for us. We think about the now. What we can do. We value doing, not talking. Not grand planning or intentions, but actions,” SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans said.

This change has led to the club’s new direction unveiled on Thursday evening, Challenge Accepted.

Evans said Challenge Accepted was an attitude the entire club has adopted, from the Board to the bench.

Challenge Accepted is about valuing action and responsibility. It’s about not making excuses, while looking for the positive and bringing others along,” Evans said.

“Like the spirit of many Gold Coasters, when we hit tough times, on-field or off, we’ll just work harder and keep showing up.

The SUNS will kick off Challenge Accepted at activations sites at Currumbin, Burleigh, North Burleigh, Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Labrador and Paradise Point on Friday morning - with mini challenges people of all abilities can participate in plus free coffee and McMuffins. 

Sea FM’s “Heather, Dan & Ben” breakfast team will join SUNS players at their SUNS Beach Kick-2-Kick in Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, from 6.00am on Friday.

Gold Coasters will be encouraged to hashtag #challengeaccepted and follow the SUNS social media channels throughout the month of March for their chance to win memorable prizes for accepting challenges in the lead up to the start of the AFL Season.


More about Challenge Accepted.

Our way is grounded in a never say die attitude, matched with a respectful yet competitive confidence and determination.

Inviting, inclusive, and instil a positive outlook.

We bring everyone along – from one-year-olds to those pushing 100. All our welcome to share our story and encouraged to take ownership of our club. 

Spirited and not afraid to put ourselves out there. It’s our responsibility to carry the torch for the future – we create our own way.

To be, to become, what no one thought possible.

No excuses. We call a spade a spade with an understated charm.

One community, one club, celebrating the game we love and the thrill of footy.

We know it’s on us. That’s why we say Challenge Accepted.