Swans unveil 'incredible' statue of iconic Adam Goodes moment

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Swans unveil 'incredible' statue of iconic Adam Goodes moment
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Eight years after AFL great Adam Goodes performed his Indigenous war cry in a game against Carlton, the moment has been immortalised with a statue.

And the timing of the unveiling could not be more significant.

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When Goodes did the war cry in 2015, it was the AFL’s Indigenous Round and the Swans were playing Carlton at the SCG.

Fast forward to 2023, and the Swans are again playing the Blues at the SCG as part of the AFL’s fortnight of celebrations for Indigenous Round.

Goodes - who has largely stayed out of the AFL spotlight since retiring at the end of 2015 - was present at the unveiling outside Sydney’s headquarters on Friday.

Adam Goodes watches on while the statue of his famous dance is unveiled. Credit: @sydneyswans

Goodes’ former Swans teammate and fellow Indigenous champion Michael O’Loughlin showcased the statue alongside benefactor Basil Sellars.

First Nations former Swans players, as well as members of the current AFL and AFLW teams were also in attendance with the 372-game icon.

The sculpture was created by artist Cathy Weiszmann, who worked closely with Goodes to recreate the dance from the round nine match at the SCG in 2015.

Adam Goodes does his war cry in 2015. Credit: Seven

“Adam Goodes has been immortalised with an incredible sculpture outside of Sydney Swans HQ,” the Swans simply stated on social media with vision of the unveiling. “Thank you for everything, Goodsey.”

The dual Swans premiership player has stayed in contact with the club since his retirement but remains distraught about the AFL’s treatment of him during the infamous booing saga that marred his final season in 2015.

Adam Goodes, artist Cathy Weiszmann and benefactor Basil Sellars at Swans HQ with statue behind. Credit: sydneyswans.com.au

Goodes has repeatedly knocked back an invitation to be inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, where he could one day be elevated to legend status if he accepts.

The 43-year-old last year attended the Swans’ 10-year premiership reunion of the club’s 2012 grand final victory but has mostly focused on pursuits outside of football since retiring.

- With AAP

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