Footballing great Bill Dempsey has shared his wisdom with some lucky students in Narrogin during a short tour of the region that coincided with National Reconciliation Week. A winner of three WAFL premierships, Dempsey was named in the AFL Indigenous Team of the Century in 2005. On Wednesday last week, he spoke to Narrogin Primary School students on the importance of goal-setting and education, before heading to South Regional TAFE and Narrogin Senior High School the next day. At Narrogin SHS, he spoke to students from the Clontarf academy about how football intersects with education. While Mr Dempsey will long be remembered for his footy, he said “getting educated” was always his main goal. “Sport sort of gave me an opening of what I had to do, but the main thing was I had to make sure I finished my education, and that went a long way to helping me in future life and what I did after football,” he said. “It wasn’t an idea of mine (to play football) but the opportunity came up for me and I grabbed it. I thought that I’d just have a go and it all fell into place.” In his speech, Mr Dempsey gave the students an overview of his life, sharing some of the stories and experiences that helped shape him, and also presented Narrogin Primary School with a signed football. He said he hoped the speech would help students understand their destiny was in their own hands. “Everything went hand in hand but it was the education that really got me to where I want to go,” he said.