Lin Jong (Chinese: 楊昇; pinyin: Yáng Shēng) (born 4 June 1993) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was recruited by the club in the 2012 Rookie Draft, with pick 9. He is the first Australian of East Timorese and Taiwanese descent to play in the AFL.
Lin playing for the Western Bulldogs in April 2018
|Full name||Lin Jong|
|Date of birth||4 June 1993|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 9, 2012 Rookie Draft|
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|Current club||Western Bulldogs|
|2012–||Western Bulldogs||64 (33)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2020.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Lin's father, Vitor, an East Timorese of Chinese background, fled his country in 1978 at the age of 18 due to the civil war. He worked and studied in Japan, Macau, Hong Kong, and finally Taiwan where he met his wife Faye. After marrying they immigrated to Australia in 1985.
Jong was born in Melbourne, Australia on 4 June 1993. He attended school at Brentwood Secondary College, where he was beaten in a 100m race by a Melbourne-based doctor in year 8. He started playing football at the age of 15.
In 2014, Jong was promoted to the senior list and also signed to a new contract, tying him to the club until the end of 2016.
In 2016, Jong cracked his collarbone in the Western Bulldogs' elimination final victory over West Coast. Despite this injury, Jong earned a Norm Goss Memorial Medal seventeen days later by putting in a best-on-ground effort for his club's reserves team in its victory over the Casey Scorpions in the 2016 VFL Grand Final. In a successful ploy to avoid contact with his injury, Jong took inspiration from Footscray legend Charlie Sutton by taping the opposite shoulder.
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