Collingwood have appointed Darcy Moore as its 48th captain. (Photo: Collingwood FC)

In the eyes of Carey Baptist Grammar School’s deputy principal Peter Robson, Darcy Moore was always a leader.

It was something Robson said came “natural” to Moore – who last week was named as the Collingwood Football Club’s 48th captain.

Moore had always naturally gravitated to leaderships roles, captaining his football teams in his junior year, and later being elected as Carey’s School Captain in 2013.

But what was admirable about Moore wasn’t just what he demonstrated with the captain’s badge on, rather Robson described the All-Australian defender as someone who could relate to all those around him.

“Darcy had a sense of those around him, he was able to engage with diverse groups,” Robson told The Inner Sanctum.

“We have nine attributes at Carey, and a couple of them are connectedness and communicate. What we would see from Darcy is high level behaviour with connectedness and the capacity to empathize or recognize diversity in the groups around you.

“He had that in spades [and] was able to connect with many different groups across the school.”

A sense of the world

Asked what Moore would uniquely bring to a captaincy position, Robson said he possessed the ability to engage in the broader world and wasn’t narrow-minded to AFL.

“He’s got a mind that’s not narrowed to only football, he’s a genuinely curious person, not just about sport but curious about issues that are far beyond footy,” Robson said.

“He’s certainly someone who seeks to change himself and in turn he is behind others and helping them along the way.

“Footy won’t be the only thing in his life, that’s for sure. He moves naturally into leadership positions, certainly through school because people follow him.”

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Robson again praised Moore for being someone who genuinely put others before himself.

Moore has continued to make an effort to return to Carey Grammar, whether it be a pop in and catch up, or to help out where he could across various schools departments.

While at Carey, Moore was involved in several co-curricular activities, whether that was sport, the arts, debating, or simply committing to his studies.

It made perfect sense to Robson that Moore’s commitment to the school while a student and later on, during his football career, was another influential factor to his appointment as the Magpies’ captain.

“Despite being known for his football ability, he certainly wasn’t one who hung around with only footballers. You’d see him with the arts students, the sports students, the academics. And it’s not like the students are necessarily circling one box, but he certainly moved fluently across all of them,” Robson said.

“A great example was that he was the lead in Oliver when he was in middle school, but [even in his senior years] he did backstage for the middle school musical,” Robson said.

“It wasn’t even in the spotlight front and center, but he was backstage with the seven to nine kids, basically orchestrating what their movements were and what they were doing.

“Darcy’s come back to school a number of times. He’s done a number of things not just in a football sense. He’s happy to move back, even help out with different things at times.”

With a reputation of producing elite athletes, Moore was no exception as a Carey Grammar alumni. His name sits amoung the likes of Melbourne’s Jack Viney, Western Bulldogs’ Jack Macrae, Gold Coast duo, Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, and even the Australian women’s cricket captain, Meg Lanning.

So, while it may not have been a surprise as such for Moore to gravitate into the captaincy position, Robson said he couldn’t have thought of a “better candidate” for the role.

“He’s just so articulate, presenting in a way where what you see is what you get. There’s no façade, he’s got a depth of thinking about it,” Robson said.

“It’s not an unusual environment to have sort of those sort of positive male and female role models in sport. And Darcy is no exception.

“When he became leader, there was pride in his achievement rather than a great buzz around the school. Many made the observation, ‘that’s not a surprise’.”

Sky’s the limit for this Magpies

Robson described Moore as someone with the ability to adapt to the environment around him. He gave a nod to Collingwood for recognising Moore’s character traits the Carey Grammar community knew he had all along.

Robson said a message to all the students is that the world is changing around them, and you need to be someone prepared to adapt to that.

He said Moore constantly proved he could very much do that.

“We talk about a volatile, changing environment. You’ve got to be fairly flexible in your thinking agile,” he said.

“You have to have that agility to respond to change around you… and Darcy is an agile thinker who can see the world around him changing and wants to have a positive response to it.

“I just imagine at Collingwood where they’ve AFLW, the netball team, and in AFL there’s the reconciliation round, the pride round, all of those sorts of things he’ll just embrace it in a really natural way.

“He won’t be daunted by that at all. He’ll just bring himself in an authentic way, engaging and responsive to individual people whoever they are.”

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