To be inducted into the WRAS Hall of Fame an athlete has to have been a scholarship holder of the Western Region Academy of Sport, have satisfactorily completed all aspect of their scholarship and represented Australia at a World Championships or an Olympic Games.
2011 – Tamsyn Moana-Veale
Bathurst triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale joined WRAS 2008, quickly proving to be a formidable and tenacious competitor.
Tamsyn raced in the world junior triathlon championships in 2011 held in Beijing China, finishing 20th with a time 106.18 seconds.
In 2011 Tamsyn moved to Wollongong to undertake tertiary studies and to train with her coach on a full-time basis. Also in this year Tamsyn won the Australian ITU Junior Women’s Championships.
Tamsyn has raced professionally with the Stade Poitevian Triathlon team based in Europe and will represent Australia at the world championships in Auckland New Zealand in October 2012.
2010 – Kate Thomas
Lone Star – Golf 2003 – 2005
Kate’s has an admiral history as a junior and collegiate golfer. Kate accepted an offer to play golf for the North Carolina Tar Heels, where she played for 4 years while studying and majoring in management and society and history. Kate started in all games throughout her four year career with UNC. Prior to this Kate had a long and impressive career in Australia - including being selected in the 2004 Australian Junior team, finished in the top 25 at the world championships, qualified for the Australian Open (senior professional tournament) at age 16, four time winner of Jack Newton Junior Golf Championship (age division), four times NSW representative (twice as captain) and much, much more. Kate also received academic honour awards both in Australia and in the Atlantic Coast Conference in her junior and senior year.
Tamsin Lee (03 – 09), Rachel Miller (02 – 05), Jade Warrender (06 – 09)
Tamsin, Rachel and Jade were members of the Australian Junior World Cup team that competed at the World Championships in Boston in August 2009. Due to their commitment, drive and dedication to their sport they were all awarded WRAS Athlete of the year during their time with the Academy. Rachel is currently at Kent State University in the USA on hockey scholarship, Tamsin is playing professionally in the Netherlands and Jade is in the Hockeyroos and a member of the AIS, in Perth.
2008 – Lisa Corrigan
Track and Field 1998 – 1999
Lisa’s career took off when she won both the 800m and 1500m at the Pacific Schools Games in 1999, before travelling to Edinburgh in August to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games where she placed second in the 800m.
Four National Championship medals came in 2001 including gold in the Under 20 1500m, ahead of selection in the Australian team for the World Youth (U18) Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Lisa also competed in the 2008 Olympic Team.
2007 – Kurt Fearnley
Paralympic Wheelchair Track 1997
Kurt Fearnley is now quite a common Australian household name. He has achieved so much and inspired so many. Kurt has won 9 Medals (3 Gold, 5 Silver, 1 Bronze) at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games. He’s achieved so much you can read all about it on the Kurt Fearnley page of Wikipedia.
2006 – Melissa Smith
Basketball 1998 – 2000
Represented NSW Country U16 2001, U18 2003 and NSW U20 2004/05 at Australian Junior Championships. Attended the Australian Junior Camp 2002, 2003 and 2004. Member of the Gems squad (Australian Junior Women) 2003- 2005. Chosen in Gems team for Junior World Championships July 2005.
Cycling 1995 – 1996
First competed for Australia in 1998 at the U/19 Women Individual Road Time Trial in Valkenburg, Netherlands. Currently rides for Bathurst Cycle Club. Best International Results are 2002 IPC World Cycling Champs: 1st Kilo, 1st 200M Sprint, 52km Road Race, 2nd 300M Pursuit, 23km Time Trial, 2003 EPC European Champs: 1st 200M Sprint, 300M Pursuit, 2nd Kilo, 14.2km Time Trial, 3rd 56km Road Race.
Toireasa says her best Paralympic experience was the Summer Paralympics 2004. Her greatest sporting moment was winning her first national title in 1996 as Junior Rider. Her career highlights include a world record in 200M Sprint, 3000M Pursuit in 2002 in Women’s Tandem.
2005 – Shane Udy
Rugby Union 2000 – 2002
The super fit dread locked Udy is everywhere. This openside prides himself on his work around the field. At the IRB U21 World Cup in 2005, Shane had a huge cult following with the locals who mobbed him after the game and around the town. Shane has played for Australia at Under 16, Schoolboys and 21′s level.
2003 – Mitch Selwood
Mitch was a member of the Australian Junior Men’s team (the Emus) that won the gold medal at the 1993 World Championships. In the final the Emus recorded an outstanding 126-92 win over Lithuania and during the rounds posted an history 106-85 win over the USA. Mitch was an AIS Scholarship holder, and played for the Sydney Kings and Newcastle Pirates during his basketball career.
2002 – Joanne Banning
Hockey 1991 - 1993 – 1994
In 2002 Jo was a member of the Hockeyroos squad where she and her team took out the title of Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallists. Jo has also played for the NSWIS Arrows and the 1998 University Green & Gold team.
2001 – Lehetta Lane
Touch Football 2000
In 2004 Lehetta was selected in the Country U23 team to play in the Australian Cup and the Australian U18 & U20 Women’s and mixed team to play the Youth World Cup in New Zealand. She has represented the Hunter-Western Hornets, in Under 18′s and 20′s from 2000-2004, as well as representing NSW 20′s in the 2004 State of Origin and NSW Country in events such as the 2004 Australia Cup.
2001 – Mark Renshaw
Cycling 1995 – 1999
In 2001, Mark won five national titles including the Scratch Race at the Goodwill Games. In 2003 he was offered a professional contract with French Club FDJ.com. He also won gold at the Points Race, World Cup in South Africa. 2002 saw Mark win the Teams Pursuit (World Record) at Commonwealth Games and the Teams Pursuit at the World Championships. He is a Commonwealth Games Gold and Silver medallist. Mark was also a member of the Australian Cycling Team for the 2004 Olympics. He is currently a member of the HTC – Highroad professional team and is a regular competitor in the Tour de France. His recent achievements include a second in the 2011 Down Under Tour a first in the G.C. Tour of Qatar UAE and a first in stage four of the Tour of Qatar.