Highly respected sports broadcaster and former Western Australian Institute of Sport director the late Wally Foreman will this week be honoured 10 years on from his passing with the second instalment of the Wally Foreman Corporate Canter.
The Corporate Canter – a lighthearted 4x400m race aimed at drawing out the friendly competition of the corporate sector – is the flagship event of the Wally Foreman Foundation.
The charity aspires to support athletes and coaches not currently covered by existing scholarships in their pursuit of excellence.
Providing that support was an ongoing cause for Foreman, who was a strong and tireless advocate for West Australian sportspeople through both his media career and 17-year devotion as inaugural director of WAIS – still the longest rein of any Australian state director – before his passing in 2006 from a heart attack.
The Wally Foreman Corporate Canter celebrated its inaugural running as part of last year’s official Perth Track Classic schedule on the Australian Athletics Tour and event organisers Athletics Australia and Athletics WA have again kindly included the race in the 2016 rundown, to take place Saturday 12 March at the WA Athletics Stadium.
Last year’s eight-team race brought together representatives from Perth’s financial, media, sport and sports marketing sectors in support of the Foundation, which again expects the event to be well represented.
The success of the inaugural run assisted the Foundation in its granting of scholarships to Paralympic equestrian rider Sharon Jarvis, kayaker Jamie Roberts and national 400m representative Lyndsay Pekin.
Previous scholarship recipients have included para-triathlete and Rio Paralympics hopeful Brant Garvey, two-time world champion cyclist Josie Tomic, Beijing Olympics water polo bronze medallist Emma Knox, world championship open water silver medallist Rhys Mainstone and multiple world championship cycling medallist turned professional rider Luke Durbridge.
The Foundation has assisted a total of 33 athletes and coaches across 14 sports since allocating its first scholarships in 2008.