The Wally Foreman Foundation has today commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Wally Foreman with a tribute video that reflects on the significant impact the respected broadcaster and sports administrator had in life and the support the Foundation has carried on in his name since his death.
Foreman passed away aged 58 on 2 November 2006 after suffering a heart attack two days earlier.
His death brought to an end a life primarily dedicated to encouraging and assisting athletes and coaches in achieving their sporting dreams.
The video released today includes memories from iconic Olympic coach Ric Charlesworth, who was a Board Member of the Western Australian Institute of Sport in its formative years, while also heading the successful national Hockeyroos program, which was based out of WA and received strong support and assistance from the Institute.
Former Wally Foreman Foundation Board Member and past ABC Sport colleague Glenn Mitchell has shared his recollections of Foreman throughout the latter's time leading WAIS, his period of having returned full-time to the media and the significance of the Foundation since his passing.
Rio Paralympian Brant Garvey, who received a WFF scholarship to assist in the development and purchase of a new riding leg, has spoken of the important role Foreman's Foundation has played from the perspective of the athletes and coaches it has assisted.
Foreman was only recently eclipsed as the longest serving state institute director, having led WAIS for 17 years from its opening in 1984, to his resignation in 2001.
It was a position in which he not only passionately supported countless athletes and coaches, but also helped to fundamentally change the high performance sporting landscape of Western Australia.
Foreman was recruited for the WAIS position in part due to his experience and profile in the media, having joined The West Australian as a cadet in 1972, moving on to the ABC three years later and the NINE Network in 1979.
He continued his role in the media throughout his tenure directing WAIS and returned to the ABC full-time after his departure from the Institute.
His broadcasting career came to a close having memorably called Australia to its first Olympic men's hockey gold medal in Athens in 2004 and, in his first and only AFL Grand Final broadcast, calling the West Coast Eagles to the 2006 Premiership a little more than a month before he passed away.
Throughout his time as a broadcaster, he continued his passionate advocacy for the rights of athletes and coaches, in particular those heralding from Western Australia.
The Wally Foreman Foundation was established in 2008 to continue to support the causes that Foreman would have fought for in life and has since financially assisted 39 athletes and coaches in more than 15 sports.
Scholarship recipients have included Paralympian para-triathlete Brant Garvey, two-time world champion cyclist Josie Tomic, Beijing Olympics water polo bronze medallist Emma Knox and 2008 counterpart equestrian silver medallist Sonja Johnson, world championship open water silver medallist Rhys Mainstone and multiple world championship cycling medallist turned professional rider Luke Durbridge.