- Gilbert McAdam
Gilbert McAdam (born 30 March 1967 in
Alice Springs) was an indigenous Australian rules footballplayer and one of three McAdam brothers in the Australian Football League.
Having grown up in
Alice Springswhere his father was president of the South Alice Football Cluband his older brother Greg McAdamhad earlier found his way to the St Kilda Football Clubvia Adelaide. McAdam moved to Darwin to play in the Northern Territory Football League(NTFL) with Southern Districts Football Clubwhen he was just 11 years old. After a few seasons he went on to play in the South Australian National Football League(SANFL) with Central District Football Club, taking out the 1989 Magarey Medal.
He found his way to the
Australian Football Leagueplaying for St Kilda Football Clubshowing flashes of brilliance. After a few inconsistent years, he was traded to the Brisbane Bears.
McAdam left the AFL in 1996 after several years of service to the Brisbane Bears (58 games) for a total of 111 AFL matches. He returned to the
Central District Football Clubfor the 1998 SANFL season and retired from football altogether in 1999.
His younger brother, Adrian, later found his way to a brief career with the
North Melbourne Football Club.
Gilbert returned to Alice Springs and coached South Alice to a premiership. In 2006, he moved back to Darwin to coach the
Darwin Football Club.
In 2007 Gilbert McAdam took up a position with the Academy of Sport, Health and Education in Shepparton, Victoria. The academy uses participation in sport as an avenue for primarily Indigenous people to undertake education and training within a trusted, culturally appropriate environment. His role with the academy is as a Sports and Personal Development Officer.
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