Jim Stynes - Garry Lyon Tribute





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Published on Mar 22, 2012

Garry Lyon gives an emotional tribute to his great mate, Irishman Jim Stynes, who passed away Tuesday, 20th March 2012, after a brave fight against cancer.

During his 264 game career with the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) between 1987 and 1998, Stynes become the only non-Australian-born player to win the prestigious Brownlow Medal, which he achieved in 1991 and was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Following his football career, Stynes focused on youth work using his profile to launch the Reach Foundation which he co-founded in 1994. As a result of his work with young people in Victoria he was named Victorian of the Year twice, in 2001 and 2003, and with the expanded profile of Reach nationally, awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007.
Stynes also served as president of the Melbourne Football Club from 2008 and was involved in fundraising efforts which brought the club out of debt. In 2009, Stynes was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and continued to work during his treatment for brain metastasis. He died in March, 2012 and will be honoured by a state funeral to be held on the 6th April.

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