Goodes named Australian of the Year for fight against racism

ROLE model, youth advocate and footballer Adam Goodes has been named the 2014 Australian of the Year.

The announcement was made in Canberra last night.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott presented Mr Goodes with his award in front of a large crowd on the lawns outside Parliament House.

Western Australia's Fred Chaney AO was named Senior Australian of the Year for his commitment to reconciliation and human rights, and New South Wales Paralympic champion Jacqueline Freney was named the Young Australian of the Year.

Do you think Goodes was the right pick for Australian of the Year?

This poll ended on 26 January 2015.

Current Results

Of course! He's a great Australian and he does great things for the country

33%

Sure, there were other great options too but Goodes deserved it

12%

Not really, I think there were much better options for the award

27%

Definitely not, he shouldn't even have been considered

26%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Goodes - a champion Australian rules football player with the Sydney Swans - was honoured for his leadership and advocacy in the fight against racism both on the sporting field and within society.

He holds an elite place in AFL history, having won two Brownlow Medals and two premierships.

The 34-year-old footballer is a four-time All-Australian, a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and has represented Australia in the International Rules Series.

He is proud of his Aboriginal heritage, actively involved with several indigenous sport and community programs, and has spent time working with troubled youth, including those in youth detention centres.

Together with his cousin and former teammate Michael O'Loughlin, Mr Goodes established the Go Foundation to empower the next generation of indigenous role models in all walks of life.

He co-chairs the foundation, which is focused on promoting education, employment and healthy lifestyles.

Mr Chaney, 72, the founding co-chair of Reconciliation Australia, was an early advocate for Aboriginal voting rights in 1961 and for the 1967 referendum.

His contribution has included helping establish the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia and his work as a former federal minister for Aboriginal affairs.

He was instrumental in establishing the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, which supports indigenous young people to reach their potential.



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