Sue Fear came to Barker from Abbotsleigh in 1979. During her time at the school, she gained colours for cricket and hockey and was co-captain of both teams in 1980.
She successfully completed her bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards while participating in swimming, athletics, tennis and squash. She was both a prefect and member of student council.
It was during 1980, when Nepalese climber, Nawang Gombu, the first man to climb Mount Everest twice, spoke at Barker that Sue’s interest in mountaineering begun.
Upon leaving school, Sue continued her passion for adventure and the outdoors by pursuing as many activities as she could experience. They included sailing, bush walking, camping, abseiling, canyoning, rafting, cross-country skiing and preparing for and participating in triathlons.
The school included Sue in a book called ‘Barker Girls’ by Marjorie Binns which identified ex girl students who had made a significant contribution to the community. Sue was also latter honoured with a school house being named after her – Fear House.