The Wally Foreman Foundation announced its 2017
scholarship recipients, awarding three grants to athletes working towards
Matthew Wearn (sailing), Matthew Richardson (track
cycling) and Thomas McHugh (wheelchair basketball) were announced as Wally
Foreman Foundation scholarship recipients at the WAIS Annual Awards &
Cocktail Reception at the Pan Pacific Hotel.
The Foundation aspires to continue the work of respected
sports broadcaster and administrator Wally Foreman, who was a tireless advocate
for WA athletes and coaches, before his passing in 2006 from a heart attack.
The organisation, through its activities, the generous
support of the community and assistance from bodies such as the Carbine Club,
raises funds to support athletes and coaches who are not covered by existing
scholarships in their pursuit of sporting excellence, having now issued 42
scholarships since its inception in 2006.
Wally Foreman Foundation Deputy Chair Glen Foreman said:
"We’re thrilled to again welcome some talented athletes into the Wally Foreman
"Matthew Wearn, Matthew Richardson and Thomas McHugh have
demonstrated not only potential, but a willingness to work hard to achieve
their dreams and that is a passion and determination that we share with them.
"We’re only able to offer this support through the
ongoing assistance the Foundation receives from organisations such as the Carbine
Club and, in recent times, the West Coast Eagles’ hosting of the Wally Foreman
Corporate Canter, but significantly through the help of the WA Institute of
"WAIS is forever supportive of the Foundation and its
facilitation of WFF Scholarships and athlete identification is greatly
"I hope all supporters of the Wally Foreman Foundation
are as excited as we are to see what these athletes can achieve.”
Wearn is a highly-rated Laser sailor, having claimed
bronze at this year’s Laser World Championship, but faced a funding shortfall
ahead of a crucial regatta in Miami in 2018, which replaces the Australian
regatta and is pivotal to athletes accruing World Ranking points and thus
gaining access to further competitions.
The Foundation’s support of Richardson is to assist the
cyclist in costs incurred through competitions around his interim goal of
gaining selection to the Cycling Australia High Performance unit based in
Adelaide, which is considered a pre-requisite for his ultimate goal of Olympic
selection for Tokyo 2020.
McHugh has defied personal and circumstantial challenges
to establish himself as one of Australian wheelchair basketball’s most
promising athletes and the Foundation’s support will contribute to a new set of
wheels and the costs associated with competing in the national league, which is
essential to gaining selection to the Australian team.
Applications for the 2018 Wally Foreman Foundation
scholarships will open around mid-September.
For further information, please see wff.org.au