Michael O'Loughlin

Travels from: New South Wales

An accomplished AFL player and an advocate and mentor in the Indigenous community

Categories: Sports Heroes

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As an accomplished AFL player with over two decades in the sport, Michael O’Loughlin is a beloved and well-known sporting hero. Playing 303 senior AFL games for the Sydney Swans, he was named the clubs ‘Best and Fairest Player’ in 1998. 

In 2005, Michael was part of the premiership winning team, and was inducted into the Indigenous Team of the Century.

Retiring from playing in 2009, Michael acted as Head Coach of the AIS-AFL Academy, coached the Indigenous All-Stars team, before stepping in as Head Coach of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy. Six years later he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

Loaded with teamwork and leadership skills, Michael took all he had learnt in the AFL and applied it to the establishment of ARA Indigenous Services. Drawing on his life experiences, Michael is an advocate and mentor within the Indigenous community, helping to position the company at the forefront of Indigenous education, support, and engagement in the property services industry. 

A passionate philanthropist, Michael has made significant contributions to the football and Indigenous communities through his association with a variety of initiatives and programs. 

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