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.
2013 – Ben McCalman
Rugby Union 2004
Ben grew up in Warren and early in his career moved to Orange to attend the Kinross Wolaroi School. He was a member of the WRAS rugby squad for the 2004 season. In 2005 and 2006 he gained selection in the Australian Schoolboys team and earned 7 caps. He then furthered his education at Sydney University. He made his Western Force and Wallabies debuts in 2010 and was selected for the Australian 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign.
Ben currently plays his club rugby with the Western Force as well as fulfilling representational duties with the Qantas Wallabies. Ben’s Western Force player profile can be viewed at http://www.rugbywa.com.au/Team/EmiratesWesternForce/PlayerProfile/tabid/894/playerid/16/Default.aspx and his Wallabies profile at http://www.rugby.com.au/wallabies/TheTeam/WallabiesProfiles/ProfilePage/tabid/1513/playerid/124/Default.aspx
2011 – Tamsyn Moana-Veale
Bathurst triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale joined WRAS 2008, quickly proving to be a formidable and tenacious competitor.
In 2011 Tamsyn won the Australian ITU Junior Women’s Championship. Tamsyn raced in the world junior triathlon championships in 2011 in Beijing China and 2012 in Auckland NZ.
Tamsyn races professionally and current details can be found at http://www.tamsynmoana-veale.com/
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 – finishing 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). Kate also received academic honour awards both in Australia and in the Atlantic Coast Conference in her junior and senior year at North Carolina.
2009 – 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. Subsequent to their World Championship success, Rachel attended Kent State University in the USA on hockey scholarship, Tamsin played professionally in the Netherlands and Jade is a member of the Hockeyroos and attends the AIS, in Perth.
2008 – Lisa Corrigan
Track and Field 1998 – 1999
Lisa won both the 800m and 1500m at the Pacific Schools Games in 1999, before travelling to Edinburgh in August that year 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 (under 18) Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Lisa also competed in the 2008 Olympic Team.
2007 – Kurt Fearnley
Paralympic Wheelchair Track 1997
Kurt Fearnley is one of Australia’s highest achieving athletes. He has achieved much and inspired many both on and off the track. Kurt won 9 Medals (3 Gold, 5 Silver, 1 Bronze) at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games. Kurt’s achievements can be viewed on http://kurtfearnley.com/
2006 – Melissa Smith
Basketball 1998 – 2000
Represented NSW Country under 16 2001, under 18 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. Represented Australia in Gems team for Junior World Championships July 2005.
2005 – Toireasa Ryan
Cycling 1995 – 1996
Toireasa first competed for Australia in 1998 at the Under 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 the 200m sprint and the 3000m pursuit and a world record in women’s Tandem in 2002.
2005 – Shane Udy
Rugby Union 2000 – 2002
Shane prides himself on his work around the field. Shane represented Australia at the IRB Under 21 World Cup in 2005 in Argnetina. Shane represented 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 historic 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 medalist. 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. Check out all of Mark’s achievements on his website at http://www.mrenshaw.com/