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Jim Stynes is a well-known footballer and philanthropist from Australia

InformationDetail
BirthdayApril 23, 1966
Died onMarch 20, 2012
NationalityIrish
FamousRules Footballer, Humanitarian, Sportspersons, Football Players
SpousesSamantha Stynes
SiblingsBrian Stynes, David Stynes
Known asJames Stynes
Childrens Matisse Stynes, Tiernan Stynes
Universities
  • De La Salle College Churchtown
Humanitarian Works
  • Co-founded the initiative ‘The Reach Foundation’
Birth PlaceDublin
ReligionCatholicism
GenderMale
Sun SignTaurus
Born inDublin
Famous asAustralian Rules Footballer
Died at Age45

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Who is Jim Stynes?

Jim Stynes is a footballer who went on to be known as the pride of Australian football over the years. In a career spanning 264 games, Stynes had contributed greatly towards the success of his team, Melbourne. This player tried football first at the age of eight and turned out to be impressive even at a young age. He then earned a scholarship to play football as well as pursue his education at Melbourne, which changed his life completely. He soon earned a spot in the ‘Melbourne Football Club’ when he was still a teenager. Jim’s passion towards the game became really evident, when he continued playing for Melbourne in spite of being injured. Jim was also a recipient of several honours, which he fetched for proving his football prowess time and again. A couple of these include the ‘Brownlow Medal’ as well as the ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’. Apart from merely sticking to his sports responsibilities, Jim also turned towards philanthropy at a later stage of his career, by co-founding the initiative, ‘The Reach Foundation’. He also explored his writing abilities much later, by penning two books based on his life, as well as a work for children.

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Childhood & Early Life

Stynes was born to Teresa and Brian on the 23rd of April, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland. He was raised in the Rathfarnham suburb of Ireland, where he attended the ‘Ballyroan Boys School’. He then moved to the ‘De La Stelle College Churchtown’, where he continued his further studies.

His first tryst with football was at the tender age of eight. He even went on to represent the ‘Ballyboden St. Enda’s Gaelic Athletic Association’, at the under-11 level, later that year.

He was further inspired by a 1980 movie titled ‘The Club’, which was based on Football. Watching this flick gave him the much needed exposure in understanding how the game is played at a professional level.

In 1984, Jim got an opportunity to play for his hometown, Dublin, in the ‘All-Ireland Minor Football Championship’. His team even emerged victorious in this contest.

Stynes’ destiny changed when he came across an advertisement of the ‘Melbourne Football Club’. Luckily for him, the youngster grabbed this opportunity and landed in Australia in the year 1984.

Later in his life he started pursuing his degree in ‘Bachelor of Social Science’ from the reputed ‘RMIT University’. After graduating, he got admitted to ‘Deakin University’, from where he earned a ‘Bachelor of Education’ degree.

Career

Jim got a big career break when he represented ‘Melbourne Football Club’ in a match against ‘Geelong Football Club’ in 1987. However, he was criticized for faring poorly in all these games.

This footballer silenced his critics through his striking performance in the ‘1988 VFL Grand Final’. The latter was then announced as the ‘Best Player of the match’, despite his team’s dismal show.

Stynes suffered a major injury in 1993 during a contest against ‘North Melbourne Football Club’. However, he convinced his coach to allow him to continue playing and even performed by braving the injury.

Even the next year, he continued playing despite not being completely physically fit.

This Australian footballer reached the peak of his career during the period 1995-98,

He was appointed the chairman of the ‘Melbourne Football Club’ in 2008, after succeeding Paul Gardener.

After serving in this role for four years, Jim resigned in 2012 owing to family and other personal commitments.

Awards and Achievements

Jim was felicitated with the ‘Australian Sports Medal’ in 2000 for his contribution to football. He also won a place in the ‘Team of the Century’, announced by the ‘Melbourne Football Club’, at around the same time.

Stynes received the ‘Doctor of the University’ honour from the ‘Australian Catholic University’.

This footballer won the ‘Brownlow Medal’ in 1991 for being one of the most consistent players of that year. He was also a recipient of the ‘AFL Players Association MVP Award’, an honour which he received at the same time.

Jim’s football prowess won him a place in the ‘Australian Football Hall of Fame’ in 2003.

Stynes was honoured with the ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ in 2007 for mentoring youngsters and contributing greatly towards the sport.

Personal Life & Legacy

Jim tied the knot with a woman named Samantha, with whom he has two kids, namely Tiernan and Matisse.

This footballer has two siblings named Brian and David, both of them followed Jim’s footsteps and played the sport at a professional level.

Even while he was busy playing football, Jim founded the non-profit organization ‘The Reach Foundation’ along with a movie director named Paul Currie, in 1994. The initiative was aimed at encourage the talent and hidden-abilities in youngsters so that they experience a better life.

Jim had also authored several books during his lifetime. The first one amongst these was the autobiographical work titled ‘Whatever it Takes’, in 1996.

He co-wrote two books during the period 2003-06, namely ‘Heroes’ as well as ‘Finding Heroes’.

The footballer later penned another book based on his life titled ‘My Journey’, in the year 2012.

Jim became a victim of Cancer while he was serving as the chairman of the ‘Melbourne Football Club’. He succumbed to the disease in 2012 at his residence, Jim was 45-years-old at the time of his death. The last respects were paid to this footballer through a state funeral.

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Jim Stynes biography timelines

  • // 23rd Apr 1966
    Stynes was born to Teresa and Brian on the 23rd of April, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland. He was raised in the Rathfarnham suburb of Ireland, where he attended the ‘Ballyroan Boys School’. He then moved to the ‘De La Stelle College Churchtown’, where he continued his further studies.
  • // 1980
    He was further inspired by a 1980 movie titled ‘The Club’, which was based on Football. Watching this flick gave him the much needed exposure in understanding how the game is played at a professional level.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, Jim got an opportunity to play for his hometown, Dublin, in the ‘All-Ireland Minor Football Championship’. His team even emerged victorious in this contest.
  • // 1984
    Stynes’ destiny changed when he came across an advertisement of the ‘Melbourne Football Club’. Luckily for him, the youngster grabbed this opportunity and landed in Australia in the year 1984.
  • // 1987
    Jim got a big career break when he represented ‘Melbourne Football Club’ in a match against ‘Geelong Football Club’ in 1987. However, he was criticized for faring poorly in all these games.
  • // 1988
    This footballer silenced his critics through his striking performance in the ‘1988 VFL Grand Final’. The latter was then announced as the ‘Best Player of the match’, despite his team’s dismal show.
  • // 1991
    This footballer won the ‘Brownlow Medal’ in 1991 for being one of the most consistent players of that year. He was also a recipient of the ‘AFL Players Association MVP Award’, an honour which he received at the same time.
  • // 1993
    Stynes suffered a major injury in 1993 during a contest against ‘North Melbourne Football Club’. However, he convinced his coach to allow him to continue playing and even performed by braving the injury.
  • // 1994
    Even while he was busy playing football, Jim founded the non-profit organization ‘The Reach Foundation’ along with a movie director named Paul Currie, in 1994. The initiative was aimed at encourage the talent and hidden-abilities in youngsters so that they experience a better life.
  • // 1995 To 1998
    This Australian footballer reached the peak of his career during the period 1995-98,
  • // 1996
    Jim had also authored several books during his lifetime. The first one amongst these was the autobiographical work titled ‘Whatever it Takes’, in 1996.
  • // 2000
    Jim was felicitated with the ‘Australian Sports Medal’ in 2000 for his contribution to football. He also won a place in the ‘Team of the Century’, announced by the ‘Melbourne Football Club’, at around the same time.
  • // 2003
    Jim’s football prowess won him a place in the ‘Australian Football Hall of Fame’ in 2003.
  • // 2003
    He co-wrote two books during the period 2003-06, namely ‘Heroes’ as well as ‘Finding Heroes’.
  • // 2007
    Stynes was honoured with the ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ in 2007 for mentoring youngsters and contributing greatly towards the sport.
  • // 2008
    He was appointed the chairman of the ‘Melbourne Football Club’ in 2008, after succeeding Paul Gardener.
  • // 2012
    After serving in this role for four years, Jim resigned in 2012 owing to family and other personal commitments.
  • // 2012
    The footballer later penned another book based on his life titled ‘My Journey’, in the year 2012.
  • // 2012
    Jim became a victim of Cancer while he was serving as the chairman of the ‘Melbourne Football Club’. He succumbed to the disease in 2012 at his residence, Jim was 45-years-old at the time of his death. The last respects were paid to this footballer through a state funeral.

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Jim Stynes's FAQ

  • What is Jim Stynes birthday?

    Jim Stynes was born at 1966-04-23

  • When was Jim Stynes died?

    Jim Stynes was died at 2012-03-20

  • Where was Jim Stynes died?

    Jim Stynes was died in St Kilda

  • Which age was Jim Stynes died?

    Jim Stynes was died at age 45

  • Where is Jim Stynes's birth place?

    Jim Stynes was born in Dublin

  • What is Jim Stynes nationalities?

    Jim Stynes's nationalities is Irish

  • Who is Jim Stynes spouses?

    Jim Stynes's spouses is Samantha Stynes

  • Who is Jim Stynes siblings?

    Jim Stynes's siblings is Brian Stynes, David Stynes

  • Who is Jim Stynes childrens?

    Jim Stynes's childrens is Matisse Stynes, Tiernan Stynes

  • What was Jim Stynes universities?

    Jim Stynes studied at De La Salle College Churchtown

  • What is Jim Stynes's religion?

    Jim Stynes's religion is Catholicism

  • What is Jim Stynes's sun sign?

    Jim Stynes is Taurus

  • How famous is Jim Stynes?

    Jim Stynes is famouse as Australian Rules Footballer