Jim Stynes, Remembering A Champion
I want to dedicate this photo of Uluru in Central Australia to AFL football great, Jim Stynes, who died from Cancer at age 45 on March 20, 2012. A champion, both on and off the field, Jim Stynes was recruited from Ireland in the mid 1980's and made his senior debut in 1987.
Melbourne Football Club Champion
As a player Jim achieved 244 consecutive games for his beloved club, Melbourne. That feat stands as an AFL record and a testament to the man's courage and tenacious spirit.
Stynes was as a champion of the Melbourne Football Club and widely lauded as a talented, hard-working, fair and courageous player.
Jim Stynes Brownlow Medal Winner 1987
Highly respected, both on and off the field, Jim Stynes won four club Best and Fairest awards at the Melbourne Football Club.
His crowning football achievement was winning the Bronlow Medal, the games highest individual prize, for Best and Fairest player in 1987. Stynes was the first international player to win that most coveted award.
Jim Stynes and the Reach Foundation
After his playing days were over Jim threw himself into charitable work.
Most well known was his association with the Reach Foundation, which provides disenfranchised youth with a sense of self worth and aids their transition back into the community,
President Of The Melbourne Football Club
His great love for the Melbourne Football Club brought Stynes back, at a very troubled time in the club's history, as President.
At the end of his tenure the club was reorganized, rejuvenated and on a sound financial footing.
Enabling the games oldest club to survive is an achievement for which all supporters of the code should be grateful.
Jim Stynes Order Of Australia Recipient
Jim's contribution to Australian society was formerly recognized when he was made Victorian of the Year in 2003 and then, in 2007, when he was awarded the Order of Australia medal.
What We Leave Behind
Survived by his wife, Sam, and two young children Jim is greatly loved and sadly missed.
Sam Stynes wrote on her Facebook page that Jim died "pain-free, dignified and peaceful with his family by his side.”
Other than my thoughts and words all I can do is dedicate the above photo to Jim Stynes, an Irish lad we loved to call Australian.
Though we wish his life had lasted longer, Stynes’ candle burned bright and illuminated a way forward for many people.
His skills and courage provided great joy to football supporters and his charitable work gave hope to many of Australia’s most disadvantaged people.
Jim Stynes has passed on, but his legacy remains.