10 Interesting Facts about Adam Goodes

These following facts about Adam Goodes should probably give you much information about this figure. Adam Goodes is a professional Australian Football League (AFL) player with the Sydney Swans. Goodes holds an elite place in AFL/VFL history as a dual Brownlow Medallist, dual premiership player, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representing Australia in the International Rules Series. He is also one of only 14 people that can win the Brownlow Medallist more than once. Furthermore, to get to know more about him, here are some other facts about Adam Goodes you might be interested in.

Facts about Adam Goodes 1: Aboriginal Descent

Goodes is Aboriginal descent who is active in the Sydney Indigenous community. Goodes was born in South Australia, to Lisa May and Graham Goodes, with siblings Jake and Brett. Goodes’ father is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry; his mother is an Indigenous Australian (Adnyamathanha and Narungga).

Sydney Swans Adam Goodes_Presser
Sydney Swans Adam Goodes Presser


Facts about Adam Goodes 2: Early Career

During 2000 and 2001, Goodes played in a variety of positions, developing his game but lacking consistency at times. He played every game during this period. In early 2002, however, his form had slumped and it had been suggested that he may be dropped. However, coach Rodney Eade resigned mid-season and under interim (later permanent) coach Paul Roos, Goodes found himself playing more in the ruck. In the second half of that season his form improved immensely. After injuring his knee twice in the ruck, he moved to play on the wing and went on to win two Brownlow Medals.

Facts about Adam Goodes 3: Brownlow Medal Success

In 2003, Goodes played a critical role in the Swans’ revival and eventual preliminary final game that year. In particular, his efforts were crucial in the Swans’ win against Port Adelaide in the qualifying finals. At the end of the season, Goodes won the club’s best and fairest award (the Bob Skilton Medal) and All-Australian selection for the first time. However, his greatest achievement was winning the league’s highest personal honour, the Brownlow Medal, along with Collingwood’s Nathan Buckley and Adelaide’s Mark Ricciuto.

Adam Goodes Brownlow Medal Success
Adam Goodes Brownlow Medal Success


Facts about Adam Goodes 4: Second Brownlow Medal Success

In Round 7, 2006, Goodes played his 150th consecutive match, a notable effort with the injuries he had in 2004. By the end of the 2007 season he had played 191 consecutive matches. In 2006 Goodes had another notable year and again won the Brownlow Medal. He came into the count as a heavy favourite and became the twelfth player to have won two or more Brownlow Medals, the first Aboriginal to win two and the first player to win two with a non-Victorian club.

Facts about Adam Goodes 5: Knee Injury

Blessed with few injury concerns over the first 13 years of his career, Goodes’ body has let him down at times in the past two seasons. He missed five games in 2012 with a torn quad, but still played his part in a second flag. Last season, however, a knee injury in round 13 proved the end of his 2013 campaign. There were still highlights, including a stunning performance in the round nine victory over Collingwood, to show the Swans’ games record-holder is still a tremendously dangerous proposition when fully fit.

Adam Goodes Knee Injury
Adam Goodes Knee Injury


Facts about Adam Goodes 6: Media Profile

Goodes has made several television advertisement appearances. In 2006, he appeared along with Shane Crawford in an advertisement for Campbell’s Chunky soup. In 2007, he appeared, along with team-mates, in the Barry Hall series of commercials for the AFL in Sydney. In 2009, he featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, receiving the ball from Chris Judd while striding out in front of horses on a horse racing track, as well as in an advertisement for Powerade. In August of 2014, his ancestry was researched on the ABC series “Who Do You Think You Are” and projected a gentle man who values his aboriginal connection.

Facts about Adam Goodes 7: Brett Goodes

Goodes’ brother Brett became a professional footballer in the 2013 AFL season. He has played for both the Port Adelaide Magpies in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and the North Ballarat Roosters in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and has represented Victoria in interleague matches. Brett later worked at the Western Bulldogs, and he was drafted by the Bulldogs as the no.4 pick in the 2012 AFL Rookie Draft at age 28.

Adam Goodes Brother : Brett Goodes
Adam Goodes Brother : Brett Goodes


Facts about Adam Goodes 8: Anti-Racism Campaigner

Adam is proud of his Indigenous heritage, and is actively involved with several Indigenous sport and community programs. He has spent time working with troubled youth, including those in youth detention centres. Together with his cousin and former teammate Michael O’Loughlin, Adam established the Go Foundation which empowers the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life. Adam co-chairs the foundation, focused on promoting education, employment and healthy lifestyles. Adam is a great role model and advocate for the fight against racism both on and off the field and is admired by a great many people around the nation.

Facts about Adam Goodes 9: Racism Controversy

On 24 May 2013, in the opening match of the AFL’s annual Indigenous Round, a 13-year-old Collingwood fan abused Goodes by calling him an “ape”. After the game the Collingwood president, Eddie McGuire, apologised to Goodes “on behalf of the Collingwood Football Club and on behalf of football”. McGuire said that Collingwood had a zero tolerance policy towards racism, but also said that the girl, who also later apologised to Goodes, did not know that what she had said was a racial slur. Goodes said that he was “gutted” and that he had “never been more hurt”. Five days later, McGuire, while hosting a breakfast radio program, made an unprovoked on-air comment linking Goodes to the promotion of the King Kong musical which was about to open in Melbourne. McGuire apologized on air after making the reference, however his actions were widely criticized.

Adam Goodes Racism Campaign
Adam Goodes Racism Controversy


Facts about Adam Goodes 10: Australian of the Year Award

In 2014, Goodes was named as the New South Wales finalist for the Australian of the Year award. On 25 January 2014 he was announced as the Australian of the Year for 2014.

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