Michael O'Loughlin

Michael O’Loughlin, former AFL star and founder of CMC Indigenous Services, is celebrated for his dynamic playing style, marked by his agility, speed, flair, and aerial skills. Over a distinguished 20-year career, he played 303 senior AFL games for the Sydney Swans, earning All-Australian honors twice and representing Australia in International Rules.

An influential and engaging keynote speaker, Michael is committed to promoting Indigenous education, engagement, employment, and opportunities.

Michael's educational journey began at Salisbury North Primary School and Paralowie R-12 School in South Australia, where he grew up in communities with significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Despite the challenges, football was a constant in his life, a passion he pursued at every opportunity during his school days.

In 1995, at the age of 18, Michael moved to Sydney having only played under-17 level football for Central District. He quickly became a favourite among Sydney Swans fans, earning the nickname 'Magic,' which later evolved to 'Micky-O.'

At the Sydney Swans, he won the 2005 Premiership Flag and was honoured as part of the Indigenous Team of the Century. As a formidable forward, Michael set a club record with 303 games and led the team in scoring three times, accumulating 521 career goals. In 1998, he was named the club’s best and fairest player. His AFL career also includes two All-Australian selections and participation in International Rules.

After retiring from professional football, Michael transitioned to coaching, leading the AIS-AFL Academy, the Indigenous All-Stars team, and the QBE Sydney Swans Academy. In 2015, he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

In 2009, alongside former teammate Adam Goodes, Michael co-founded the Goodes O’Loughlin (GO) Foundation, focusing on fostering Indigenous education, employment, healthy lifestyles, and role models. One of his most cherished accomplishments was offering scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

An influential and engaging keynote speaker, In 2016, Michael established CMC Indigenous Services leveraging his extensive leadership experience to advance Indigenous education, engagement, employment, and opportunities.

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