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|Full name||Jude Bolton|
|Date of birth||15 March 1980|
|Original team(s)||Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||#8, 1998 National Draft, Sydney|
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Bolton played his first senior game for Sydney against Carlton in round 12 of the 1999 season and received a Rising Star Award nomination the following year. By 2001, he was a regular member of the team and went on to represent Australia in the International Rules series in 2004.
He was noted for his never ending determination to attack and go after the ball; Bolton often accumulated large numbers of tackles. In 2005, the season in which the Swans won their first premiership in 72 years using a tough man-on-man style of play, Bolton made 122 tackles, the 2nd highest for the club and 3rd overall in the AFL.
After a couple of years of arguably sub-par form and being floated as trade bait, Bolton stepped back up in 2009 and 2010 to play his best football. His contested ball winning, tackling and hardness at the contest were all areas in which he led the way for the Swans.
None of his performances were more impressive than his game against Essendon at the SCG in 2010, in which he picked up 36 disposals, 26 of which were contested, laid 12 tackles, won 5 free kicks, won 12 clearances and sent the ball inside forward 5 times. He also provided the handball to Adam Goodes for the match sealing goal.
Bolton started 2011 in outstanding fashion, showing that he was not yet ready to consider retiring. While his 2nd half of the year was slowed due to a knee injury, Bolton still managed to contribute most weeks to the side's performance and as such was rewarded with a further one-year extension, ending after the 2012 season.
On Saturday, 9 April 2011, Bolton laid an AFL-record 19 tackles in a match, playing an integral role in victory over the West Coast Eagles. In the Second Semi-final, he set the new record for the most tackles lain in a VFL/AFL career, surpassing former captain Brett Kirk's tally of 1278 career tackles. His final career total was 1490 tackles, which was the record until surpassed by Lenny Hayes late in 2014.
On 26 August 2013, Bolton announced he would retire at the conclusion of the 2013 season. He played his last game in Sydney's preliminary final loss to Fremantle on 21 September and scored his final goal for the Swans.
In December 2013 Bolton is a crew member aboard racing supermaxi yacht Perpetual Loyal in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, with his other celebrity crew members, Karl Stefanovic, Larry Emdur, Tom Slingsby, Phil Waugh and Guillaume Brahimi.
He is currently seen as a boundary rider for the Seven Network's coverage of AFL matches.
He appeared as a contestant on the fifteenth season of Dancing with the Stars paired with professional dancer Dianne Buswell. Jude's wife, Lynette, competed against Jude. On 16 August 2015, Jude and Dianne were eliminated, coming in seventh place. Jude was eliminated one week after Lynette.
He is unrelated to former Swans teammate Craig Bolton. His wife Lynette Bolton stars in WAG Nation, a reality show that documents the lives of five wives and girlfriends of Australian sportsmen. Bolton has two daughters, Siarra, born in 2012, and Piper, born in 2014. Bolton is friends with Australian singer Delta Goodrem.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Player Totals". AFL Tables. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- AFL clubs send tackle counts skyward
- Jude Bolton announces retirement
- "Sydney to Hobart 2013". Perpetual. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- Brennan, Bella (19 June 2015). "The full cast of Dancing With The Stars has been revealed!". Woman's Day. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- Cronin, Seanna (5 July 2015). "2015 Dancing With The Stars cast confirmed". News Mail. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- Longhetti, Chloe-Lee (16 August 2015). "'It's been amazing!' Jude Bolton is eliminated from Dancing With The Stars after Viennese waltz lands him in the dance off". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- Beveridge, Riley. "Your AFL club’s most famous supporters, from Barack Obama to Cam Newton". Fox Sports. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- Jude Bolton's player profile at AFL Tables
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