The Wally Foreman Foundation wishes to thank all those who helped make the second instalment of the Wally Foreman Corporate Canter a success.
The event was held on Saturday 12 March at the State Athletics Centre in Mt Claremont, with the runners representing Emageo Group crossing the line first in the 4x400m show of friendly competition and taking home the winner’s golden baton.
The team’s company name will also be engraved on the perpetual trophy, while all teams held onto their blue engraved competition batons as a memento.
It was another successful evening for the Wally Foreman Foundation’s flagship event, made possible by the contributions of Shadforth Financial Group, Clayton Utz, Greenwich Equities, Jandakot City, Emageo Group, Yes Loans and Aspire to Run.
The event also offered a unique opportunity for the teams’ competitors, who had the chance to run on an internationally accredited athletics track in front of about 4000 people as the opening event on the official race schedule of the Perth Track Classic.
The Wally Foreman Foundation also extends its appreciation to Athletics Australia and Athletics WA for their support in hosting the Wally Foreman Corporate Canter as part of the official race schedule of the national athletics circuit, as well as the Western Australian Institute of Sport for its ongoing support and facilitation assistance of the Foundation.
It was an enjoyable night for competitors, who received a pre-match briefing in a private room from four-time national 400m hurdles champion and member of the Foreman family, Lyn Foreman, before being provided food and beverages after the race, providing an opportunity to enjoy the company of their fellow racers and take in the events of the night.
The Wally Foreman Corporate Canter helps raise money for the Wally Foreman Foundation, which 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 Wally Foreman, who was a strong and tireless advocate for Western Australian sportspeople through both his media career and 17-year devotion as inaugural director of the Western Australian Institute of Sport – still the longest rein of any Australian state director – before his passing in 2006 from a heart attack.
The Wally Foreman Corporate Canter assists the Foundation in its granting of scholarships each year.
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.