|Born||1973 (age 45–46)|
|Occupation||AFL football player, visual artist|
|Full name||Gavin Adrian Wanganeen|
|Date of birth||18 June 1973|
|Place of birth||Mount Gambier, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Salisbury North|
|Draft||No. 12, 1989 National Draft, Essendon|
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|1990||Port Adelaide (SANFL)||27 (46)|
|1997–2006||Port Adelaide (AFL)||173 (138)|
|Representative team honours|
|1992–1998||South Australia||8 (?)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Since retirement, Wanganeen has taken up painting. He is a descendant of the Kokatha people, a Western Desert people of South Australia, an inheritance he has explored in his art work since retirement. He has had two solo exhibitions and was an ambassador for the Adelaide Fringe in 2019.
Port Adelaide: 1990
Wanganeen made his senior SANFL debut with Port Adelaide in 1990 at only 16 years of age. The 1990 SANFL season was the last year that the competition was the highest level of football in South Australia. He played 24 matches and kicked 46 goals, winning the SANFL Rookie of the Year award, starring in Port Adelaide's 1990 SANFL Grand Final win kicking two goals.
Drafted to Essendon, Wanganeen debuted for the club in 1991, Round 2 in a win against Richmond. He immediately finding a niche as an attacking defender. His quality was recognised in 1993 when he won the Brownlow Medal for the best and fairest player in the league, the first Aboriginal Australian to do so, as well as being a key player in South Australia's State of Origin Carnival Championship, and Essendon's Premiership win that year. In 2002, Wanganeen was voted the 19th best Essendon player of all time in the "Champions of Essendon" list.
Port Adelaide return: 1997–2006
Wanganeen returned to Port Adelaide in 1997 as the club's 59th captain and its inaugural captain in the AFL. He received 11 Brownlow votes for the year, but after his first season injuries conspired to minimise his impact. He relinquished the Port Adelaide captaincy at the end of the 2000 AFL season which saw a return to his best form. In 2003 Wanganeen was favourite to once again win the Brownlow (he finished equal second). In 2004 Wanganeen won his second premiership medal in Port's first AFL premiership side. Wanganeen played his 300th AFL game in the 2006 season, but then injured his right knee in a SANFL game for the Port Adelaide Magpies, which led him to retire from football. Wanganeen was the first Aboriginal player to play 300 AFL games. He was honoured by the Power by the naming of the best under 21 medal after him, the Gavin Wanganeen Medal.
He served as a voluntary ambassador for the Australian branch of the White Ribbon Campaign, a men's campaign that tackles violence against women, and participated in the 2013 "Cycling for Culture" event to draw attention to the importance of language and culture to Aboriginal well-being, specifically to attract funds to contributing to the further development of the Kaurna language.
In 2013, Wanganeen was appointed senior coach of Pulteney Grammar School's football team.
Wanganeen found a new passion after retirement and has become an accomplished visual artist, with two solo exhibitions by 2019 and much of his artwork decorating his home in suburban Adelaide.
His second exhibition, Through the Stars, was part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival in Adelaide.
The Gavin Wanganeen Indigenous Scholarship (GWIS) was established at the University of South Australia in 2005 to support disadvantaged Indigenous students to complete a university degree.
The Gavin Wanganeen Medal, for the Best player under 21, was instituted at PAFC in 2006.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Football honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
- AFL Premiership (Essendon): 1993
- McClelland Trophy (Essendon): 1993
- Pre-Season Cup (Essendon): 1993, 1994
- AFL Premiership (Port Adelaide): 2004
- SANFL Premiership (Port Adelaide): 1990
- McClelland Trophy (Port Adelaide): 2002, 2003, 2004
- Pre-Season Cup (Port Adelaide): 2001, 2002
- Wanganeen, Gavin (29 June 2013). "Gavin Wanganeen reflects on his indigenous history ahead of the Journey to Recognition march tomorrow". Herald Sun.
- Ralph, Jon (4 June 2010). "Indigenous superman Gavin Wanganeen blazed a trail". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "Sports Card World: Tribute to Gavin Wanganeen". users.chariot.net.au. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
- Argent, P. "Now an immortal", Koori Mail, 16 June 2010, p. 85.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Ayres, Ed (31 July 2019). "Former AFL star Gavin Wanganeen on his path from footy to painting the stars" (audio + text). ABC Radio National. The Art Show. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
- Byrne, Holly (22 December 2017). "Artist in residence: Home tour with Gavin and Pippa Wanganeen". Home Beautiful. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
- Byrne, Jordan (4 October 2018). "2019 Adelaide Fringe Ambassadors Announced". Glam Adelaide. Glam Digital Pty Ltd. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- Staff writer, Broadway World (3 October 2018). "Diverse Trio of Artists Announced As 2019 Adelaide Fringe Ambassadors". Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "SALA Artist – Gavin Wanganeen". King William Road. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
- Gilbertson, Matt (20 April 2013). "Former Port Adelaide AFL star Gavin Wanganeen and wife Pippa expecting first child". The Advertiser.
- "Power pair calls it quits". The Advertiser. 29 August 2009.
- Flanagan, M., "The Davey pacesetters", Real Footy, 9 May 2007. Retrieved on 9 May 2007.
- Gavin Wanganeen's player profile at AFL Tables