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Bloods champion Michael O’Loughlin discusses his work with the ARA Group ahead of Marn Grook at the SCG.
Club legend Michael O’Loughlin wears many hats. Following 303 games with the Sydney Swans, O’Loughlin now sits at the helm of ARA Indigenous Services. A commercial cleaning company providing opportunities and a career pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Speaking to Sydney Swans Media, the Managing Director and majority shareholder expressed his pride for the business which has been in operation for nearly a decade. ARA Indigenous Services supports the entire ARA Group and is focussed on utilising an Indigenous workforce and procuring goods and services from Indigenous companies. In addition to O’Loughlin’s philanthropy within the workforce, O’Loughlin joined Adam Goodes to establish the GO Foundation providing vital education scholarships to young First Nations people. “One of the great rules I live by is surrounding yourself with good people,” the Bloods champion said. “We’re trying to pass that knowledge on to the younger generation. Getting a great education opens the world up to yourself.” Micky O’s son James has followed in his footsteps to become a budding young footballer with the QBE Sydney Swans Academy. James has been with the Academy for four years and has developed the same passion for education and training. “The junior years was [focused] on more skills and now that I’m older, it’s about fitness, tackling skills and strength in the gym.” O’Loughlin will appear at Moore Park on Friday night alongside 18 of his fellow past Indigenous players to commemorate Marn Grook at the SCG. The Swans champion will present the Goodes-O’Loughlin medal to the best on the ground as part of the evening’s celebrations. “It’s my favourite round obviously… we get to talk about our culture and answer questions from non-Indigenous people around who we are, and what makes us tick.” Blood champion Michael O’Loughlin chats through how ARA Indigenous Services are creating opportunity for First Nations people. The Sydney Swans today unveiled a sculpture of 372 game champion Adam Goodes outside the Sydney Swans HQ. Aliesha Newman, a proud AFLW player and woman of Ningy Ningy descent, painted the boots of Chad Warner, Errol Gulden and Dane Rampe in celebration of Marn Grook. Hear from Swans senior coach John Longmire as he announces the three changes going into our Marn Grook clash with Carlton. Blood champion Michael O’Loughlin chats through how ARA Indigenous Services are creating opportunity for First Nations people. Hear from Swans forward Isaac Heeney as he fronts the media ahead of our Friday night Marn Grook clash with Carlton. The Sydney Swans today unveiled a sculpture of 372 game champion Adam Goodes outside the Sydney Swans HQ. Bloods champion Michael O’Loughlin discusses his work with the ARA Group ahead of Marn Grook at the SCG.