Position: Shooting Guard
Chris Goulding was born in Tasmania and started playing Aussie Rules football before moving with his family to Queensland when he was eight-years-old. Once in Queensland, basketball took over as his main focus.
Having spent the majority of his career in the NBL, Chris got his first chance to play overseas following a stellar 2014 season which saw him lead the national league in scoring. Chris also experienced the NBA with summer league exposure in 2013 at the Cleveland Cavaliers and then with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014. He then headed to Spain before helping Australia qualify for Rio by winning the 2015 Oceania Championships.
Goulding went on to lead Melbourne United to the grand final in the 2015/16 season and then headed to Italy to play for Auxilium Torino with his scoring prowess catching the eye of national selectors.
He made his Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games where Australia would go on to just miss out on a historic first Olympic men’s basketball medal. In the bronze medal match, Australia missed a medal by the barest of margins as the Spanish scored two free throws with just over 5 seconds remaining to take the final position on the Rio podium. Goulding played limited minutes in Rio but showed his potential against Venezuela scoring 22 points in 25 minutes on the court.
Following Rio, Goulding and Melbourne United defeated the Adelaide 36ers in the 2017-18 NBL Grand-final series. In 2019, Chris helped lead Melbourne United back to the 2018-19 NBL grand final series, where they lost 3–1 to the Perth Wildcats. He played his 300th NBL game in December 2019, and his 350th in June 2021 after overcoming a calf strain.
Chris makes his second Olympic appearance in Tokyo for the Australian Boomers.