BMX athletes and coaches in Western Australia have the opportunity to apply for financial assistance courtesy of the ‘Wally Foreman Foundation Scholarship’, named in honour of the late Wally Foreman OAM.
Foreman was one of Australia’s most experienced broadcasters. He called four Olympic Games, five Commonwealth Games as well as international cricket – his great love – AFL, Davis Cup and Australian Open tennis.
He was also the inaugural director of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for services to sport. With stints at the West Australian newspaper, ABC Sports Perth and ABC Adelaide, it was little wonder that his sudden death in 2006 shocked many.
Such was the impact of Foreman on the sporting world that an estimated 3000 people attended his funeral service at HBF Stadium (then named Challenge Stadium), including the Premier of Western Australia as well as sports stars Justin Langer, Dennis Lillee and Graham Moss.
In the years since his passing, the legacy and passion Foreman held for sport has been kept alive by his family. The Wally Foreman Foundation was established in order to continue his work in championing the cause of Western Australia’s elite sportspeople and coaches to pursue excellence.
A core component of the foundation is the scholarship, which aims to assist those athletes and coaches who make sacrifices in the pursuit of their high-performance goals. Specifically, the Foundation aims to assist those with personal financial circumstances that are more challenging than would normally be expected.
Applications for the scholarship are now open, with BMX riders and coaches in Western Australia strongly encouraged to read the scholarship purpose and criteria, and submit their information if they believe they are eligible for the financial assistance.
The scholarship purpose and criteria are below.
PURPOSE: The Wally Foreman Foundation will consider applications for scholarships from registered Western Australian athletes or coaches who have a specific financial need to assist their progress towards sporting honours. The criteria used to determine the suitability and funding priority of an application for a Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship are:
Equally passionate about grass roots participation as he was elite competition, the scholarship in Foreman’s name exists as a continued community contribution, and one which BMX riders and coaches could benefit from as their careers develop.
Applications must be submitted by October 2, 2017.