Adam Goodes : biography
Adam Goodes (born 8 January 1980) is a professional Australian rules football player with the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL). 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 has represented Australia in the International Rules Series.
Goodes is well known for his Indigenous Australian heritage, and is prominently involved and associated with several Indigenous sport and community programs.
He was born in South Australia, to Lisa May (a Narungga child with Adnyamathanha ancestry) and Graham Goodes, with siblings Jake and Brett. His parents were separated when he was four and his father moved to Queensland while Goodes moved between Wallaroo and Adelaide (in South Australia) and Merbein (in Victoria) with his mother., The Age, 23 Sept 2003. While at Merbein, Goodes attended primary school at Merbein West Primary School in 1986, and it was there that he began to play Australian Rules football. Goodes moved with his family to Horsham, Victoria where he played football at high school and represented Victoria at under 16 and under 18 levels. He began playing with the North Ballarat Rebels as a 16 year old in the Victorian Football League and played in a winning premiership side where he was scouted by the Sydney Swans.
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.
Goodes was drafted by Sydney into the Australian Football League as the No. 43 pick in the 1997 AFL Draft, Sydney’s third round draft pick. Goodes spent the 1998 season in the reserves competition, but broke into the first team the following year, and went on to win the league’s Rising Star Award.
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 dramatically, resulting in some of the best football of his career. After injuring his knee twice in the ruck, Goodes moved to play on the wing, and went on to win two Brownlow Medals.
2003: Brownlow Medal success
In 2003, Goodes returned to the ruck position for significant parts of the year, in what became his best season so far. He played a critical role in the Swans revival and eventual Preliminary Final spot that year. In particular, his efforts were crucial in the Swans’ win against Port Adelaide in the qualifying final.
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 honour, the Brownlow Medal, along with Collingwood’s Nathan Buckley and Adelaide’s Mark Ricciuto. This was the second time in the history of the medal that the award was shared between three players (the first time was in 1930). Adam Goodes attributes his great success to his longtime mentor John Winter.
Goodes suffered an indifferent 2004, just like his team the Swans, who only managed the Semi-Final stage of the Finals series. He did not repeat his heroic efforts of 2003, mainly due to niggling knee injuries, yet he still managed to play every game. Those knee injuries were due to an awkward fall during the season while playing in the ruck against the West Coast Eagles. Many expected Goodes to have suffered a posterior or anterior knee ligament damage, but he battled on. After this injury, coach Roos announced that Goodes’ rucking days were over, and that he would be used in other positions. Goodes played in the backline for the remainder of 2004.