Michael O’Loughlin played the first of his 303 matches for the Sydney Swans in 1995, and was an AFL Rising Star nominee in that year. In only his second season of senior football, he played in the first of his three AFL grand finals.
In 1997, O’Loughlin earned All-Australian selection and represented Australia in International Rules, a double he would repeat in 2000. In 1998 he represented South Australia in State football, winning the Fos Williams medal in the same year that he was named Sydney Swans Club Champion. He jointly won the Paul Roos Award for best player in the finals series in 2006. His career tally of 521 goals sees him second on the Club’s goalkicking list, behind only Bob Pratt, and he was the Club’s leading goalkicker in 2000 and 2001.
In 2005, the year he was honoured with selection in the AFL Indigenous Team of the Century, Michael was a member of the Sydney Swans Premiership team. He retired at the conclusion of the 2009 season as one of the most decorated and beloved players in our history.
Michael O'Loughlin was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2011 and became a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
Post football, Michael embarked on a new chapter. Michael is Co-Founder of the GO Foundation which empowers indigenous youth through education and in 2015 Michael established CMC Indigenous Services, now ARA Indigenous Services.
Michael was elected to the Sydney Swans Board in 2021.
Michael O'Loughlin playing career
Best & Fairest 1998
Leading goalkicker 2000, 2001
All-Australian 1997, 2000
AFL Indigenous Team of the Century
Michael O'Loughlin was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2011.