Fresh from heading Melbourne United to a 2017-18 NBL pretension and claiming a Larry Sengstock Medal for grand final MVP, Goulding has his sights resolutely set on Commonwealth Games gold.
The Rio Olympian cumulative a initial NBL championship ring of his career after his 19 first-half points helped United constraint diversion 5 of a stirring grand final array in Melbourne on Saturday night.
The sharpened ensure will couple with a rest of a Boomers patrol in Cairns on Tuesday with bullion award favourite Australia to play their opening pool diversion opposite Canada on Friday.
Goulding was proudly wearing his newly acquired and hard-earned trinket yesterday (SUN) yet jubilee mode with United will fast spin to assisting move excellence to a green-and-gold.
“After a lot of years in a league, it’s extraordinary to have a championship ring on my finger so I’m only savouring this feeling right now,’’ Goulding said.
“The courtesy will switch to a Commonwealth Games flattering shortly though.
“There’s one aim for a Games and that’s to move a bullion award home for Australia.
“Growing up, a Commonwealth Games and a Olympics were dual large sporting events for a country. You stopped and took notice as a sports fan.’’
Goulding — who attended Brisbane State High School and done his NBL entrance for a Brisbane Bullets — played for a now gone Gold Coast Blaze.
“To paint your nation is always unequivocally special yet to do it on home dirt and during a place where you’ve spent some time, is a genuine honour,’’ he said.
Goulding went toe-to-toe with a array of Boomers teammates during a NBL grand final array opposite Adelaide and expects 36ers players Nathan Sobey, Mitch Creek and Matt Hodgson to miscarry fast once they join a inhabitant team.
“It’s going to be a small bit uncanny personification with them and not opposite them. we had a discerning discuss to Sobes after a diversion and he was apparently flattering upset,’’ he said.
“I only thanked him for what was a good array and that we was looking brazen to us operative together to go and get a bullion medal.
“Getting into that Boomers sourroundings and branch their concentration to a Commonwealth Games will substantially assistance them get over a disappointment.’’