Michael O’Loughlin : biography
In 2006, O’Loughlin continued to be a key part of the Swans’ line-up, including playing a decisive role in the qualifying and preliminary finals that put the Swans into the grand final for the second consecutive year. In the 2006 Grand Final, O’Loughlin played well, kicking 3.1 (19). He continued to play consistently well for Sydney through the balance of his career.
In the close 2006 Qualifying Final against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval, O’Loughlin ran into an open goal, then carried on to the fence and roared into the faces of some rather stunned-looking Eagles’ fans from a few inches away. The moment is captured in Jamie Cooper’s painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport.Australian Football League, , Retrieved 19 September 2010
On 23 June 2009, O’Loughlin announced that at the end of the 2009 season he would retire. He played his 300th game in round 19 at the MCG against the Richmond Tigers.
- AFL Rising Star nominee 1995
- Bob Skilton Medal 1998
- All-Australian 1997, 2000
- International Rules Series 1997, 2000
- Fos Williams Medal 1998
- Sydney Swans Leading goalkicker 2000, 2001, 2008
- Sydney Swans Premiership player 2005
- Outstanding achievement in AFL 2005 (The Deadlys)
- Indigenous Team of the Century
- Outstanding achievement in AFL 2009 (The Deadlys). Vibe.com.au (2012-05-19). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
- Male Sportsperson of the Year 2009 (The Deadlys)
Post AFL career
Since leaving the AFL, O’Loughlin has continued a media profile. In September 2009 he launched the Goodes O’Loughlin Foundation (www.go-foundation.org), along with his cousin & co-Chairman Adam Goodes, focused on Education, Employment, and healthy Lifestyles. The Foundation’s mission is to develop and empower the next generation of Indigenous role models in Australia.
O’Loughlin was awarded the 2009 AFL Players’ Association Madden for his on and off-field contributions to the game.
In 2010 O’Loughlin coached the Flying Boomerangs indigenous side during their Cape Town tour, leading the side to victory against the South Africa National Australian Rules Football Team. He was later named coach of the World 18 for the AFL National Under 16 Championships.. World Footy News (2010-02-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
In 2011 he was named as coach of the Indigenous All Star team for their biennial game, this time against the Richmond Tigers. O’Loughlin also represented South Australia against Victoria in the State of Origin Slowdown charity match at the Adelaide Oval on 3 October 2011. Both teams were composed of retired players with the match supporting both the Little Heroes Foundation and the Reach Foundation youth charities started by former Melbourne Demons star player, the late Jim Stynes.