Former Sydney Swans player Michael O’Loughlin has won the AFL Players’ Association Madden Medal.
The Madden Medal is presented to a newly-retired player, which has not only contributed to the game on-field in an outstanding manner, but has demonstrated a high level of off-field football achievements (including personal growth, and community and charity endeavours).
O’Loughlin scored 18 votes in the final tally, beating Geelong premiership captain Tom Harley on 13 points and Richmond’s Matthew Richardson on 10 points. Other recently retired players who were nominated for the award were: Adam Simpson, David Wirrpanda,Jared Crouch, Joel Bowden, Leo Barry and Matthew Lloyd.
When accepting his award O’Loughlin said how proud he was of his work both at the Swans and his community work off field, since arriving at the Sydney Swans Football Club in 1994.
Other awards presented on the evening were the Community Spirit Award, which was also won by O’Loughlin, for his heavy involvement with indigenous programs. The Football Achievement Award, which was awarded to Matthew Lloyd and the Personal Development Award, awarded to Joel Bowden.