Wally Foreman

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Walter "Wally" John Foreman (5 January 1948 – 2 November 2006) OAM was a sports administrator and commentator for ABC Radio program "Grandstand" based in Perth, Western Australia.

Born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia but raised in Bruce Rock, Foreman worked in the sports media for more than 30 years. He started his career in the media when he was a journalist at the West Australian newspaper in 1972 and joined the ABC Sports Department in 1975. He left the ABC briefly to work in TV for Channel 9, before taking up a position with the ABC in Adelaide.

During his career, he covered a wide range of domestic and international sporting events including four Olympic Games, five Commonwealth Games, the Australian Open tennis tournament, World Cup athletics, Hockey World Cup tournaments and the Pacific Conference Games. He was a familiar voice throughout Australia, having commentated on AFL football, NBL basketball and various national championships.

Foreman was appointed to become the inaugural director of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) in 1984 and held the position for more than 17 years. The WAIS achieved and earned a reputation as a world class provider for elite athletes and a national leader in its field.

In the lead up to the Sydney Olympic Games, he was involved in the development and implementation of the Olympic Athlete Program and acted as a consultant to both the Queensland and Tasmanian government with regards sports institutes being established in these states.

He retired from the WAIS in 2001 and returned to work within the ABC Sports Department in Perth.

In 2003, he received an Order of Australia (OAM) award for his services to sport and was named Western Australia Citizen of the Year (Sport) in 2000. In 2000 he has also awarded the Australian Sports Medal (ASM).

He was married to Lyn Foreman, who is head coach (track) at the WAIS and was a former national athletics champion, and had two sons.

Foreman suffered a heart attack on 31 October 2006 and died in Perth on the afternoon of 2 November 2006 after initially being diagnosed as being stable.

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