GMAN, the GIANTS mascot, grew up in his family’s home in the heart of Blacktown in Western Sydney. He was the biggest of all his brothers and sisters, who occasionally teased him because of his orange hair and big feet. Being giant wasn’t easy for G-MAN, who always had to crouch to get through doorways and use special pencils at school so other school children used to laugh at him. One day, AFL development staff arrived at his school to run some Auskick clinics and introduce the kids to the game of Australian Rules Football.
Not having played AFL before, GMAN instantly fell in love with catching, marking, kicking and handballing. Finally GMAN had found his special skill in being the best at jumping for a mark and kicking to team mates perfectly. Being the tallest student in the school, no one else could jump higher than G-MAN, who quickly became the best AFL player in school. The development staff put him in touch with a local junior AFL club to continue playing and make some friends. Soon, GMAN was out playing his favourite game with his new friends every weekend.
One night while watching TV with his family, a news report came on describing a new and exciting AFL team that would be based in GMAN’s home of Western Sydney. So excited was G-MAN that he came out to the very first training session to see them at Blacktown International Sportspark. Here he first saw Jeremy Cameron and Toby Greene playing the same game that GMAN had fallen in love with. Jeremy soon spotted GMAN standing to the side watching training and went to go speak to him and very quickly they became friends. GMAN would come down to the stadium to watch the GIANTS training every day after school and help kick balls back that went over the fence. Seeing how passionate GMAN was for the GIANTS along with his orange hair and tall stature, coach Kevin Sheedy invited him to be the GIANTS’ official mascot.
Soon, G-MAN was best of friends with all the GIANTS players and had new friends in Phil Davis, Stephen Coniglio, Jon Patton, and Callan Ward. Heading into the very first game in the AFL 2012, GMAN was helping all the coaches get the players ready for the Swans. Seeing co-captain Callan Ward kick the first goal still remains GMAN’s favourite memory of the GIANTS. Since then, GMAN has travelled around to all the GIANTS’ home games in Sydney and Canberra to see all his new friends, the GIANTS fans! When he isn’t meeting new fans and giving out high 5s, G-MAN likes to spend his time exploring the Blue Mountains with Zac Langdon, going fishing in the Parramatta River with Jeremy Cameron and visiting Questacon in Canberra.
GMAN is now all grown up and lives at the GIANTS’ WestConnex Centre in Sydney Olympic Park, making sure all the players are looked after and ready for the upcoming matches. GMAN is always around and ready to help Dawson Simpson practice rucking or Josh Kelly lift weights in the gym. He can also be spotted in the GIANTS cafe with our chef Adam, helping cook and prepare lunch for all his friends. You can see him out and about at GIANTS Fan Days, GIANTS Recruits clinics and maybe even at your school! He also makes special appearances at Spotless Stadium in Sydney and UNSW Canberra Oval for every single GIANTS home game so make sure you say “Hi!” if you see him before the game or at half time. It’s a tough job being the mascot of the GWS GIANTS, but GMAN wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s GMAN’s dream to see the GIANTS win a premiership and he can’t wait to be there on Grand Final Day when they win!