How Melbourne United Star Chris Goulding Makes His Own Luck

As a kid shooting hoops in his front yard, Chris Goulding dreamt he was Kobe Bryant scoring the winning shot. It’s not a far cry from where he’s ended up – the Launceston native is now a star player for Melbourne United, scored a NBL record 50 points in 2014 and travelled with the Australian team to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

While Kobe inspired Chris’s basketball career, he also finds inspiration closer to home. He describes his parents as his role models, with his Dad providing his life’s motto – “the harder you work, the luckier you get.”


That attitude is reflected in every thing he does. Chris describes himself as a driven and focused person, putting in hours of training every week. “There’s so much more [to basketball] than just rocking up and having a bit of fun. The amount of hours you have to put into perfecting your craft and making sure you’re prepared so that when you go out there on game day, you’ve done everything in your power to let the cards fall where they will.”

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” – Chris Goulding

For an athlete like Chris, staying active is a non-negotiable. He finds wellness is intrinsically linked with happiness, and says it’s important that he takes time out for himself so his head is in the game. “There’s bigger things in life than thinking about how you played or whether you won or lost,” he says – but he still gets goosebumps when runs out on court.


Melbourne United fans will be out in force as the team vies for the NBL 2017 finals – and Chris will be centre stage.

See his winning attitude in action by watching his inspiring story below.

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