Former Sydney Swans captain Adam Goodes on his Indigenous heritage

Thursday, 01 August 2019


    With the release of The Final Quarter documentary, former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes recounts the moment he uncovered his Indigenous Australian heritage.

    I never got to understand my culture, what it meant to be an Indigenous person. Every town we moved to, we seemed to be the only Indigenous kids at school. I had no idea what it meant to be an Indigenous Australian until I went on my own personal journey.

    That’s when I started to find my voice about sticking up for my people and having a say on very tough topics.

    Since learning about my culture, colonisation and where I come from, I feel like, “Wow, I’m part of something really special.”

    An Adnyamathanha-Narungga man from South Australia, 2014 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes had a stellar AFL career with the Sydney Swans. He is co-founder of the GO Foundation charity, which works to support Indigenous students. His mother, Lisa Sansbury, was placed in state care as a child and never returned to her parents. This initially denied Goodes knowledge of his own cultural identity. Network Ten has aired The Final Quarter and the documentary will be available to businesses keen to inform their teams of these important issues. More information at

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