Jason McCartney

An inspirational story.


Jason McCartney became a national hero in the wake of the Bali Bombings in 2002 and epitomises the Australian fighting spirit. His story is one of humanity overcoming adversity. Jason, a young Australian with an exceptional talent for Australian Rules Football, was thrust into the hearts and minds of all Australians through his courageous fight-back from horrible burns he suffered in Bali.

Few will forget his triumphant return to AFL football on the evening of June 6, 2003. He helped in scoring the winning goal, but his ultimate glory was a victory over terrorism and a “win” for all those who survived Bali.

Current work

Over the past few years, Jason has remained actively involved in the AFL in the area of Game Development as the AIS/AFL Academy High Performance Coach.

In 2011, he travelled to the west where he was Development Coach at the Fremantle Football Club, returning home to Melbourne at the end of the year to begin his current role as List Manager of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

Previous experience

Beginning: Jason started his career when he was drafted at pick number four in the 1990 National Draft by the Collingwood Football Club. Following four seasons with the Pies, Jason crossed over to the Adelaide Crows where he spent another three seasons. In 1998, Jason returned to Victoria, playing the next six seasons for his beloved Kangaroos. In 2002 he was inducted into the AFL 200 Games Club.

Speaker: Jason is a remarkable guest speaker with an amazing ability to inspire audiences with accounts of how he overcame adversity through amazing support from family, friends and teammates. Awarded the Order of Australia Medal in October 2003, he is also involved with many charities, including ambassador roles for the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation and the K.I.D.S Foundation.