Congratulations to Luke Metcalf – winner of the NAIDOC Perth 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Award.

Luke Metcalf is a Ballardong/ Noongar man who has been a cowboy his whole life. Having grown up working the land, he entered the sport of rodeo from a very young age and made it his mission to be competitive at every opportunity, now competing in rodeos locally, nationally and internationally.

Rodeo is a tough sport. The sport of bull and bronc riding is not for the faint hearted and it requires skill, determination and courage. Luke takes this all in his stride while taking pride in his culture. At every rodeo, Luke is proud to acknowledge his Aboriginality, ensuring that he is announced so before every ride. Luke is also a father of two and mentors and financially supports his nephew to compete in rodeos. Luke’s first accolade came in 1995 when he was just eleven as the Calf Riding Champion. A major milestone was an invitation to perform for the King and Queen of Malaysia in 2008 and 2010, and more recently in
2015 Luke won many championship titles in Canada for bareback bronco riding.

Also in 2015 Luke was the Newman Rodeo Bareback Riding champion and the 20th annual Pannawonica Bareback Riding champion, and on that same day his son Levi won the 8/11 steer ride buckle and his nephew won the 11/14 steer ride buckle. In 2016 and 2017 he was Runner Up Bareback Riding Champion in Pannawonica and also in the first half of 2017 he has placed third in Waroona Rodeo (Gem Rock), equal first New Rodeo (Velvet) and first in the Metricup
Beer Farm (Boy George). Luke has broken cultural barriers through sharing knowledge and portraying a positive profile within the community he works, lives and competes.

Jack Collins of Muchea – 1st in the U 18 Steer ride at the Mogumber Junior Rodeo. Luke Metcalf (recent winner of NAIDOC Perth 2017 Sportsperson of the Year) stepping in as bull fighter. Photo: EJ stock photo

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