Brett Kirk

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Brett Kirk
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Personal information
Date of birth (1976-10-25) 25 October 1976 (age 37)
Original team North Albury (NSW)
Debut Round 19, 1999, Sydney Swans
v. Kangaroos, at SCG
Height/Weight 184cm, 81 kg[1]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1999–2010 Sydney Swans 241 (96)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2010 season.
Career highlights
Brett Kirk in action for the Sydney Swans

Brett Kirk (born 25 October 1976) is a former Australian rules football player of the Sydney Swans, and was the AFL's International Ambassador.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Kirk grew up in Albury, New South Wales. He was recruited to the Sydney Swans as a mature-aged rookie and was twice dropped from the team, but he found his way back on to the list. Kirk was regarded as "one of the toughest and most respected midfielders in the competition".[1][2]

Kirk played 241 games for the Swans since making his debut in 1999, including the last 200 without missing a match. He was nominated All-Australian in 2004.[1] Kirk won the best and fairest twice, in 2005, the year the club won the AFL premiership, and again in 2007. He was co-captain of the Swans from 2005-2010.[2]

He surpassed Jared Crouch's Swans record of 194 consecutive AFL matches in the game against Geelong in round 18, 2010. He had a total of 1278 tackles in his career, which is the fourth most of any AFL player (2014).[3] Kirk played his final and 200th consecutive game (having not missed a match since Round 14, 2002) when he faced the Western Bulldogs in the second round of the AFL finals on Saturday 11 September 2010. It is the fifth longest such streak, and is one of two by Sydney Swans players (the other being Adam Goodes) in the top 5.[4]

He retired at the end of 2010.[2]

Coaching and ambassador role[edit]

In 2011, he spent six months travelling the world and spreading the word about football as the AFL's International Ambassador.

Kirk joined the Fremantle Football Club as an assistant coach at the end of the 2012 season.[5] Prior to that, he worked at the Gold Coast Football Club in a role designed to help implement a winning culture at the club.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Kirk was given the honour of meeting with the Dalai Lama during his Australian tour in which he presented the Dalai Lama with a signed Swans jersey.[7] Kirk is known as a practicing Buddhist and has a tattoo of a Buddhist symbol on his back.[8] When the young Swan Dan Hannebery seemed anxious, Kirk recommended that he do some meditation and read The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.[9]

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Awards
Preceded by
Barry Hall
Sydney Swans Best and Fairest
2005
Succeeded by
Adam Goodes
Preceded by
Adam Goodes
Sydney Swans Best and Fairest
2007
Succeeded by
Jarrad McVeigh
Preceded by
Jonathan Brown
AFLPA Best Captain Award
2010
Succeeded by
Chris Judd