Having spent the majority of his career in the NBL, sharp shooter Chris Goulding got his first chance to play overseas following a stellar 2014 season which saw him led the national league in scoring. He headed to Spain before helping Australia qualify for Rio by winning the 2015 Oceania Championships. Goulding led 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. The Australian side began the competition with wins over medal contenders France and Serbia. A close loss to the USA was backed up by strong wins over China and Venezuela to see the side finish their group in second. They eased past Lithuania in the quarter-finals before going down to Serbia 87-61 in the semi-finals. The result set up a bronze medal clash with Spain which went down to the wire. Australia again 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.