Christopher James Goulding (born 24 October 1988)[1] is an Australian professional basketball player for Melbourne United of the National Basketball League (NBL). He made his debut in the NBL in 2006 as a development player with the Brisbane Bullets, going on to play for the Perth Wildcats and Gold Coast Blaze, before settling in Melbourne. In the NBL, Goulding is a two-time championship winner and a two-time All-NBL First Team honouree. He also won the league's scoring title in 2014 and claimed Grand Final MVP honours in 2018. Goulding is a regular with the Australian Boomers, but he also holds a British passport thanks to his father, which allowed him to play as a local in Spain and Italy between 2014 and 2016.[2][3]

Chris Goulding
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Goulding in September 2014
No. 43 – Melbourne United
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born (1988-10-24) 24 October 1988 (age 31)
Launceston, Tasmania
Listed height192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight92 kg (203 lb)
Career information
High schoolBrisbane State
(Brisbane, Queensland)
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2006–2009Southern Districts / Brisbane Spartans
20062008Brisbane Bullets
2008–2009Perth Wildcats
20092012Gold Coast Blaze
2010–2012Northside Wizards
20122014Melbourne Tigers
2013Gladstone Port City Power
2014–2015CAI Zaragoza
2015–presentMelbourne United
2016Auxilium Torino
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Goulding was born Launceston, Tasmania.[4] He attended West Launceston Primary School and spent a lot of time around Australian rules football thanks to his father Steve.[5] He started playing basketball in Launceston,[5] and upon moving to Queensland with his family as an 8-year-old,[4][5] he began to play it competitively.[5] In Brisbane, he continued primary school at Gumdale State School and then attended secondary school at Brisbane State High School.[5] He graduated from Brisbane State High in 2005.[6] As a junior, he played for the Southern Districts Spartans.[7]

Professional careerEdit

NBL and EuropeEdit

Goulding began his professional career as a development player with the Brisbane Bullets during the 2006–07 NBL season.[8] He made his NBL debut and lone appearance of the season on 23 December 2006 against the Townsville Crocodiles, recording one assist in 5½ minutes.[9] The Bullets went on to win the NBL championship in March 2007, earning Goulding his first title.[10] He appeared in 15 games for the Bullets during the 2007–08 NBL season,[9] but following the club's collapse, he moved west for the 2008–09 NBL season to play for the Perth Wildcats.[5]

For the 2009–10 NBL season, Goulding returned to Queensland to play for the Gold Coast Blaze.[11] He spent three seasons with the Blaze before they too collapsed following the 2011–12 season.[5]

For the 2012–13 NBL season, Goulding joined the Melbourne Tigers.[12][13] In December 2012, he was named MVP of the NBL All-Star Game for his 24 points.[14][15]

After a stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013 NBA Summer League,[16] Goulding continued on with the Tigers for the 2013–14 NBL season.[17] On 9 March 2014, he scored a career-high 50 points in the Tigers' 92–82 win over the Sydney Kings. It was the NBL's first individual 50-point game in the 40-minute era.[18] He was subsequently crowned the NBL scoring champion for the 2013–14 season with an average of 23.0 points per game.[19]

After a stint with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2014 NBA Summer League,[20] Goulding moved to Spain for the 2014–15 season to play for CAI Zaragoza.[21] He averaged 8.6 points per game in 33 Liga ACB games, and 11.5 points per game in 16 EuroCup games.

Goulding returned to Australia for the 2015–16 season and re-joined the Melbourne franchise, now known as Melbourne United.[22] He helped United win the minor premiership after they finished the regular season in first place with an 18–10 record. However, they were defeated in the semi-finals by the New Zealand Breakers.[23] Following the conclusion of the NBL season, Goulding moved to Italy to play out the season with Auxilium Torino.[24][25] He averaged 4.2 points per game in 10 LBA games.

Goulding returned to United for the 2016–17 NBL season,[26] but he played 22 of a possible 28 games after separate left ankle sprains.[27][28] United missed the finals in 2016–17 with a sixth-place finish and a 13–15 record, and following the season, he opted for surgery on his left ankle, which sidelined him for eight to ten weeks.[28]

The 2017–18 NBL season saw Goulding lead United back to the top of the table with a first-place finish and a 20–8 record. They went on to reach the NBL Grand Final series, where they defeated the Adelaide 36ers 3–2 in the best-of-five series. Goulding claimed his second NBL championship while winning the Grand Final MVP.[29]

Returning to United once again for the 2018–19 season,[30][31] Goulding helped lead United back to the NBL Grand Final series, where they lost 3–1 to the Perth Wildcats.

In December 2019, Goulding played his 300th NBL game.[13][32][33][34]

Off-season State League stintsEdit

Between 2006 and 2009, Goulding played with the Southern Districts Spartans in the QBL (2006)[35] and SEABL (2007–09).[36][37] In 2006, he was a member of the Spartans' championship-winning team.[38] As a member of the Spartans for three seasons in the SEABL, Goulding won East Youth Player of the Year two consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009 while also making the All-Star Five in his last year.[39] In 2008, he averaged 24.5 points per game to finish second in the competition with a season-high of 43 points. In 2009, averaged 20.8 points to finish fifth, second in free throw percentage (83%), ninth in three-point percentage (39%) and seventh in assists (three).[36] Between 2010 and 2012, he played three seasons for the Northside Wizards in the QBL, earning All-League Team honours in 2010.[40] In 2013, he had a three-game stint with the QBL's Gladstone Port City Power.[41]

National team careerEdit

As a youth, Goulding represented Australia in under-18s, under-19s and under-20s,[42] including playing at the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Serbia.[43] In 2014, he played for the Australian Boomers at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.[43] He went on to play for the Boomers at the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship and the 2016 Rio Olympics.[43] In 2018, he won a gold medal with the Boomers at the Commonwealth Games, and in 2019, he competed at the FIBA World Cup in China.


Goulding is the son of Steve and Christine.[33] He is married to wife Molly.[13][32] His father played and coached at North Launceston Football Club, and was inducted into the AFL Tasmania Hall of Fame in 2008.[4]

Due to his father being English, Goulding holds a British passport.[2][3]


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