|Adam Goodes Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||January 8, 1980|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Adam Goodes is a former professional Australian rules footballer. He played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Adam Roy Goodes
Wallaroo, South Australia, Australia
Adam Goodes received primary education at Merbein West Primary School and it was there that he started playing Australian rules football.
Former Professional Australian Rules Football Player
- Father – Graham Goodes
- Mother – Lisa May
- Siblings – Jake Goodes (Brother), Brett Goodes (Younger Brother) (Former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL))
- Others – Michael O’Loughlin (Cousin) (Former Professional Australian Rules Football Player)
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
100 kg or 220.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Adam Goodes has dated –
- Natalie Croker (2016-Present) – He got married to Natalie Croker in the year 2016 and the duo parents 2 children born in 2018 and 2021, respectively.
Race / Ethnicity
Adam Goodes is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent on his father’s side and has Aboriginal Australian (Adnyamathanha and Narungga) roots on his mother’s side.
Salt and Pepper
Sports a beard
Adam Goodes has been cast in commercials for various brands such as –
- Campbell’s Chunky soup (along with Shane Crawford) (2006)
- The Barry Hall series of commercials for the AFL in Sydney (2007)
- AFL (Official advertisement) (2009)
Additionally, he has served as a brand ambassador for David Jones department stores and as a product ambassador for Qantas.
Adam Goodes Facts
- He was 4 years old when his parents separated. Following the separation, his father shifted to Mackay, Queensland, and Goodes divided his time amongst Wallaroo (in South Australia), Adelaide (in South Australia), and Merbein (in Victoria) with his mother.
- Growing up, Adam Goodes enjoyed playing soccer and played the sport in South Australia. However, he later started playing Australian rules football while at Merbein West Primary School because there was no soccer club for him to join.
- His family shifted to Horsham, Victoria and he went on to play football at high school as well as represent at under-16 and under-18 levels.
- Adam Goodes started playing with the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup when he was 16 years old.
- In the 1997 AFL Draft, he was selected by Sydney Swans into the Australian Football League as the 43rd pick and he became Sydney‘s third-round draft pick.
- Adam Goodes’ essay titled The Indigenous Game: A Matter of Choice was published in The Australian Game of Football Since 1858 (2008). It focuses on the Aboriginal ball game called Marngrook and its theorized link to the origins of Australian rules football. He wrote: “I don’t know the truth, but I believe in the connection. Because I know that when Aborigines play Australian Football with a clear mind and total focus, we are born to play it.”
- He has been active in the Sydney Indigenous community and has spent time working with troubled Indigenous youth (including those in youth detention centers) along with his cousin and former teammate Michael O’Loughlin. The duo also launched the Goodes O’Loughlin Foundation (a foundation aimed at empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life across Australia while focusing on their education, employment, and health) in September 2009.
- Adam Goodes was named Australian of the Year in 2014.
- In September 2015, he retired from AFL and did not attend the Grand Final.
- For his contribution to Australian society, Adam Goodes was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in September 2017.
- A painting of Adam Goodes by Aboriginal Australian artist Vincent Namatjira won the 2020 Archibald Prize, becoming the first win by an Indigenous artist in the almost 100-year history of the Art Prize.
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