SPORTING HALL OF FAME
Australian Rules Football
Geoff was born in Melbourne on the 23rd November 1941 but moved to Wagga as a child when his father transferred with the Post Master General (Telstra's predecessor). He attended South Wagga Primary and Wagga High Schools. He played all his club football with Turvey Park. Like most Wagga boys, Geoff played all codes of footy, but ended up playing Australian Rules because his Tasmanian born father wouldn't buy him new boots unless he played Aussie Rules!
Geoff was selected in 1961 as full forward for the All-Australian side. He represented South Australia on fifteen occasions against Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania and competed in two Australian Championships. The biggest challenge in his career came in 1963 playing Full Forward for South Australia against Victoria at the MCG in front of 80,000 fans. His biggest influence was former Essendon legend Dick Reynolds who coached at West Torrens when Geoff played there.
In 1976, "The News" newspaper listed Geoff as one of their top 25 stars in any era "Geoff Kingston (West Torrens) gets the full forward spot because he proved himself in Brisbane in 1961, kicking five goals against Victoria and four each against Western Australia and Tasmania in hot competition.
Geoff's advice to those following him is the same as the advice he used to give his neice, "I know I'm nervous but I'll have a go". He says spending time with people who believe in you will help you achieve your potential.
A serious left knee injury, in the days before surgery had developed much, ended his football career. Geoff spent the next 25 years working as a sports journalist travelling the world covering major sporting events for a variety of media outlets. These included Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon, The British Open, The US Open and the US Masters Golf in Augusta Georgia, which Geoff considers one of the highlights of his career as a sports journalist.
In 2008 Geoff was inducted into the South Australian Hall of fame for his achievements in sport and media. He recently authored a bestselling biography "Black Crow - the Andrew McLeod story" about the Adelaide Crows player who statistically, was the greatest indigenous player ever in the AFL.
Geoff currently lives with his family in Adelaide, SA and is in the process of writing another biography, this time of South Australian radio personality Bob Francis, which he hopes to release early 2011.
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