Barry Cable (MBE)
We believe Mr Cable epitomises our school motto, “In the Pursuit of Excellence”. As a student at Narrogin Primary School, he set his sights on becoming a footballer and went on to achieve his intentions.
Mr Cable’s on field triumphs and successes were cut short after a horrific accident which nearly took his life, but he rose to even greater heights and devoted his life to charitable causes and inspiring others with his cycling deeds.
Mr Cable broke through many stereotypes by achieving these dreams because of his tenacity and drive, elevated into both the Australian Football Hall of Fame and the West Australian Football Hall of Fame, holding “Legend” status. He is only one of two Noongar people who have this significant honour. His tally of seven best and fairest awards at Perth is a club record, and his career total of 405 senior level games is the most of any player born in Western Australia.
Mr Cable established a non-profit organisation, the Community Development Foundation, in 1999, aimed at assisting school children from lower socio-economic areas.
During a recent visit to Narrogin Primary School, Mr Cable shared his childhood love of Narrogin and made it apparent that Narrogin was his home and how attached he was to the school and town of Narrogin.
The AFL recently commissioned a video on Noongar players in our region, featuring Mr Cable, during which he made reference to the town and his upbringing. He was asked pertinent questions regarding how he developed his ambition. This video will be screened later this year and will be placed on the school’s website.