The Wally Foreman Foundation has been established by the Foreman family to ensure the legacy and passion Wally held for sport will be cherished for future generations of Western Australians. The Foundation will be used to support opportunities Wally would have championed for future generations of athletes and coaches to pursue excellence in sport.
Wally was passionate about sport from grass roots participation to elite level competition for its ability to contribute to our communities. He spent his life in sports administration and broadcasting, seeking to enhance the value of sport for us all. Wally created many opportunities for talented young people to pursue their sporting dreams, which resulted in them not only reaching their sporting potential but also made them better people.
The Wally Foreman Foundation - Athlete & Coach Scholarship Fund is a registered project of the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF). Donations of $2 and over made to the ASF in support of the Wally Foreman Foundation are tax deductible. Donations may be made at any time during the year.
To donate please download the donation form here
and return it to:-
Wally Foreman Foundation
PO Box 139
The Wally Foreman Foundation has recently had generic clauses drawn up for donors to include in their wills if they wish to make a bequest to the Foundation. The two options for clauses are below and these can be reproduced by you or your lawyers if you wish to make a bequest.
For a specific legacy:
"I, Give and Bequeath to the Wally Foreman Foundation, the sum of $_______ for its general purposes free of all duties and taxes payable upon or in consequence of my death and I declare that the receipt of its Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer or other authorised officer for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors."
For a residual gift:
"I, Give and Bequeath and Appoint _____% of my estate to the Wally Foreman Foundation, for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of its Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer or other authorised officer or the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors."
The first Wally Foreman Foundation scholarships were awarded in 2007. Since then, the Wally Foreman Foundation has awarded 27 scholarships. Some notable recipients include:-
Emma Knox – Women’s Water Polo
Olympic Bronze medallist.
Alicia Janz – Netball
West Coast Fever representative.
Sonja Johnson – Equestrian
Olympic silver medallist.
Jesse Phillips – Kayaking
Luke Durbridge – Cycling
Track cycling world champion,
national time trial and road race champion.
Josie Tomic – Cycling Track world champion.
Specific Objective of Foundation Scholarships
Elite and potential elite athlete and coaches in Western Australia can currently apply to a variety of different organisations for financial assistance to offset costs associated with training and or competition. These organisations include but are not limited to;
- Western Australian Institute of Sport
- Department of Sport and Recreation
- State and national sporting organisations
- Sporting clubs
- Sport (sometimes event) specific foundations
- Local community clubs (Rotary, Carbine Club)
A recent analysis by WAIS indicated that the average annual direct cost of training and competition for a junior national level athlete or an athlete transitioning from junior to senior representation is approximately $8,000/yr. This cost may be as high as $25,000/yr in some sports.
In general granting organisations tend to award "scholarships” on a event and performance basis – current and or projected. Individual personal circumstances are generally not considered (local community clubs being a notable exception) due to difficulties either related to cross sport comparison of costs or specific sport concern over perceptions of bias.
A Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship is focussed on providing financial support for specific events or training related costs on an individual needs basis would compliment and add value to current athlete and coach financial support provided by other groups.
Criteria for determining the merit of an application takes into account the following factors:
- Western Australian registered athlete or coach in an ASC recognised sport.
- Current performance level – (top down priority).
- Potential to reach elite level performance.
- Personal (or if under age parent/guardian) financial circumstances.
- The importance of the specific event or equipment to achieve the individuals sporting goals.
- Level of financial support required.
- Other funds received to support specific need.
- Reflection of community values in their personal actions.
If the agreed objective of the scholarship is to meet a specific financial need then the amount of the scholarship is largely determined by the assessed requirement, within the limits of the finances available.
Number of Scholarships
The number will influenced by the available funds, the number of applications and the specific amounts requested.
The Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship application period is now in September / October each year with the successful recipients notified in October / November.
Applications for a Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship for the 2013 period will open in mid September, 2013.
About Wally Foreman
Wally Foreman has worked in the sports media for more than 30 years. He commenced as a journalist with The West Australian newspaper in 1972 before joining the ABC Sporting Department in 1975.
He has covered a wide range of international events including four Olympic Games, five Commonwealth Games, Test cricket, Davis Cup tennis, the Australian Open Tennis Championships, World Cup athletics, world hockey tournaments and the Pacific Conference Games. He has also covered AFL football, NBL basketball and a variety of national championships.
In 1984 Wally was appointed the inaugural Director of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), a position he held for more than 17 years. Under his direction WAIS earned a reputation as a world class provider for elite athletes and a national leader in its field.
He was involved in the development and implementation of the Olympic Athlete Program in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympic Games and was a consultant to the Queensland and Tasmania Governments in regard to the establishment of sports institutes in those states.
Wally retired from WAIS in September 2001 and resumed his career with the ABC Radio Sporting Department.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003 for his services to sport and in 2000 was named WA Citizen of the Year (Sport). He is also a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal.
Tragically Wally passed away from a sudden heart attack in November 2006. The outpouring of emotion and grief across Western Australia at the news of his passing showed just how loved Wally was as a great West Australian. His memorial service was attended by over 3000 people at Challenge Stadium and broadcast live around the State on ABC Radio.
The Wally Foreman Foundation was set up in is honour and to continue his work in championing the cause of Western Australia’s elite sportspeople and coaches.