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I invite you to join me on my journey into the heartland of Australian sport and culture; into our great national game, Aussie Rules football.
I would love to share with you and your friends what I have learned as a player, a coach and, most important, as a person over a long and fortunate life in Australian football. I’ll give you my take on how history was made, and how you too are creating history now as you tour with me.
You can leave your footprints on this journey and have fun along the way.
As in life, so in football - the only certainty is change. On my website I promise, you’ll never have enough in one visit and in my world there’s always something new.
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The Ron barassi BEQUEST SOCIETY
Barassi's emotional tribute to father
Ron Barassi awarded a bravery medal
Got a question for Ron? Why not ask him by filling in the form below:
What does 17410 stand for on your autograph?
Hi Mike,Thanks for your questions. 17410 stand for 17 grand finals for 10 wins which is the number of grand finals. I was involved in as a player and a coach.-RDB-
Ronald Dale Barassi is a legend for many reasons; incredible player, revolutionary
coach, enduring media personality. For more than 50 years he has been one of the
most influential people in the game, and the shadow he casts is matched by few,
Even without meaning to, Barassi had changed the game without taking to the field. His father had been a premiership player at Melbourne, before being killed in action at Tobruk in World War II. Determined to follow in his footsteps at the Demons, Barassi Jnr had to bypass the zoning system of the day - which would have seen him sent to either Collingwood or Carlton.
To ensure he played with the Demons, Melbourne went to the VFL and successfully lobbied for a Father-Son rule. When the time came for Barassi to be signed up, Melbourne picked him up from Preston Scouts in 1952 and he became only the second player under the new rule.
Born in 1936, Ron Barassi’s biography is nothing short of inspirational.
In 1952, Barassi was picked up by the Melbourne Club (from the Preston Scouts). This in itself was ground breaking, as there was a zoning system in place that meant he should have been picked up by Collingwood or Carlton. Instead, the Father-Son rule came into existence, and, like his father before him (a fallen WW II soldier), Ron took the field for Melbourne – a premiership player at that.
Coach Norm Smith, who played alongside Ron’s father, became Barassi’s champion and mentor. In 1957, owing to Barassi’s obvious talent, he was chosen to vice-captain Melbourne. Within three years, Barassi was appointed captain. Under these honours, he helped take Melbourne to six premierships.
An inspiring keynote speaker, Ron Barassi provides memorable speaking services to
sporting associations, businesses, charities and corporations. Drawing upon his
success on and off the sporting field, Barassi motivates, inspires, informs and
educates his audience.
There’s no question that Barassi’s success as player and coach is truly inspirational. By employing his knowledge of what makes people tick and succeed, Barassi gets the message across. Rather than just being heard, Barassi’s audience can’t help but listen. Together with his significant media experience, ease of communication and connection to his audience, Barassi is well-regarded in the industry as a prominent keynote speaker.
Highly respected for his contributions in and out of the football arena, when Ron speaks, people naturally listen. This is true, also, for audiences that live outside the code.
Ron's speech was excellent and he was very obliging on the day with answering questions
and signing autographs
Ageing Positively Festival
Ron was terrific to the crowd, pleasant and extremely easy to speak with. He was very personable and the crowd loved him.
Bone Growth Foundation
Very well spoken and inspiring. Many of our guests felt motivated on a personal
and professional basis.
Melbourne Airport Travel Lodge
The entire 'This Is Your Life' team were delighted to meet Ron and we were so pleased he helped make Sister Trish Franklin's tribute an extra special success - The look on her face when Ron walked though the door said it all!
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