Gilbert McAdam (born 30 March 1967 in Alice Springs) is an Indigenous Australian former Australian rules football player and one of three McAdam brothers to play in the Australian Football League (AFL).
McAdam in July 2019
|Date of birth||30 March 1967|
|Place of birth||Alice Springs, Northern Territory|
|Original team(s)||Southern Districts|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (168 lb)|
|North Adelaide (SANFL)|
|1986||Claremont (WAFL)||3 (5)|
|Central District (SANFL)|
|1991–1993||St Kilda (AFL)||53 (48)|
|1994–1996||Brisbane Bears (AFL)||58 (41)|
|Representative team honours|
|South Australia||? (?)|
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
McAdam grew up in Alice Springs, where his father was president of the South Alice Football Club. His older brother, Greg McAdam, had earlier found his way to the St Kilda Football Club via North Adelaide in the SANFL. McAdam moved to Darwin to play in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) with the Southern Districts Football Club when he was just 11 years old. In 1979, Gilbert McAdam was chosen as the 12-year-old schoolboys Northern Territory captain who captained the team to victory to become the first Northern Territory team to win a national title. The stand out players were McAdams and Scott Parker who was the youngest competitor to have played in the carnival.
In 1986, McAdam played 3 games for Claremont in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) before returning home to Darwin. 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. McAdam was the first indigenous player to take out the award.
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 Club for the 1998 SANFL season and retired from football altogether in 1999.
McAdam 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, 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 Indigenous people to undertake education and training within a trusted and culturally appropriate environment. His role with the academy is as a sports and personal development officer. He co-hosts the TV program The Marngrook Footy Show with Grant Hansen, currently screening on NITV on Thursday nights.
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Gilbert McAdam's playing statistics from AFL Tables