RMIT Redbacks

The Redbacks represent RMIT University in sport both nationally and internationally.

The RMIT Redbacks is the name for all the teams and individuals that represent RMIT at university, national and international sporting competitions and events.

Proudly wearing the iconic red and black colours and cheered on by popular spider mascots Rupert and Ruby, the Redbacks are known for their sportsmanship and triumphs on the field, as well as their strong camaraderie and inclusive team culture off it.

Whether you are a student, alumni, staff member, participant, or a passionate fan, you are considered a Redback as part of the wider RMIT community.

Athletes wearing Redbacks Pride uniforms

RMIT's sporting history

RMIT University has a rich sporting history dating back to 1900 when social games were played under the Working Men's College (as RMIT was previously known). 

In the early 1990s, RMIT began participating in the UniSport Australia Nationals (then known as the Australian University Games), competing annually against more than 40 other universities in a range of sports. The Redbacks were then established in 1997.

Today, RMIT students and teams, under the Redbacks brand, participate in various competitions nationally and internationally, as well as social sports.

Recent Redbacks successes

The Redbacks had long punched above their weight on the national stage of the University Games, achieving exceptional results, including:

  • Finishing 5th overall out of 43 universities at the 2022 UniSport Australia Nationals
  • Winning three championship pennants in Lacrosse, Men’s Tennis and Men’s Cycling at the 2022 UniSport Australia Nationals
  • Redback Cycling star Alastair Christie-Johnson won four individual medals and was crowned the 2022 UniSport Australia Male Student Athlete of the Year
  • The Redbacks Tenpin Bowling team won six gold medals, including four consecutive wins from 2011 to 2014
A group of students cheer and celebrate a win at the University Nationals

Redbacks spirit

The Redbacks are renowned for sportsmanship and fair play, winning the prestigious John White Spirit of the Games Award at the University Games on multiple occasions and consecutively from 2018-2019. 

The award – voted on by member universities, staff, participants and volunteers – is given to the university whose team has displayed exemplary behaviour, excellent team spirit and fair competition.

The Redbacks place a strong emphasis on camaraderie, fun, friendships and creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all students to participate across sport programs and events.

Group photo of Redbacks 2019 UniSport Nationals team

Become a Redback

Ready to become a Redback and represent RMIT? Click the link below to browse and join a team – there are more than 40 sports to choose from.

Supporting our athletes

RMIT is commited to supporting our elite athletes, and fostering student excellence in both academic pursuits and the professional sporting world.

Some of the key services and facilities we offer are:

  • RMIT Sports Academy, an award-winning program that offers high-level training and development pathways for students in various sports-related fields
  • Elite Athlete Program which provides practical supports so student athletes can achieve sporting and academic success
  • Sporting facilities at the Bundoora campus RMIT Sport Centre
  • Gym and personal trainers at the City campus Active Hub and Bundoora campus RMIT Sport Centre
  • State-of-the-art on-campus esports and games facilities, as well as partnerships with established regional esports organisations

Redbacks logo

The RMIT Redbacks logo combines the RMIT pixel with the bold and fearless Australian native redback spider to symbolise the resilient and courageous strengths of our athletes and community.

The RMIT Redbacks exemplify collaboration, cooperation, determination, and strategic thinking when faced with challenges and obstacles. The Redbacks inspire courage and spirit in the face of adversity and exhibit patience and perseverance to achieve collective success.

Tennis player in RMIT uniform hits the ball.

RMIT Redbacks media kit

How to display the Redbacks logo

Do not edit, change, distort or recolour the RMIT Redbacks logo. Our logo should only be used in the following layouts:

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Clear space ruling

The RMIT Redbacks logo must be surrounded by clear space on all sides. The surrounding clear space should be at least 20% of the size of the logo.

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RMIT Redbacks colours

The RMIT Redbacks logo must be surrounded by clear space on all sides. The surrounding clear space should be at least 20% of the size of the logo.

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Download RMIT Redbacks logo kit

The RMIT Redbacks logo kit includes high quality logo files in PNG, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop formats.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.