Kurt Fearnley: Our Paralympian

For twenty years Kurt Fearnley has been an icon of Australian sport. Marathon wins, conquering Kokoda and being a vocal advocate for disability awareness have been just a handful of Kurt’s personal accomplishments. But the journey from Carcoar to becoming a multiple Paralympic and Commonwealth Games medalist, was not an easy road. Fearnley was driven…

Mitch Selwood: Our Basketball Star

An understated individual, Mitch Selwood had an incredible basketball career taking him to the heights of international basketball. The Orange junior developed his craft in the local leagues, developing an impressive skillset before he was selected in the Western Region Academy of Sport 1998 basketball program. Mitch credited the academy for refining his fundamental skills…

Nathan Burns: Our Socceroo

Identified at a 2001 WRAS athlete rookie camp, Nathan Burns is a prime example of regional athletic talent. A Blayney native, Burns progressed steadily through the football pathways spending time with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (2003-2004), Parramatta Eagles (2005) and Australian Institute of Sport (2006) football programs. His attacking skill was evident…

Norm Mann: Our Former Chairman

  As a former mayor of Evans Shire (1996-2002), Bathurst City (2003-2004) and Bathurst Regional (2005-2007) Councils, Norm Mann has been a pillar of the Western Region community. Spending 13 years in local council Mann built an extensive knowledge of strategic planning skills and understanding of governance policies that brought the Western Region Academy of…

Bruce McLean: Our Golf Coach

Bruce McLean is the definition of WRAS golf. For over 10 years he has been the head coach of the program before taking some time away for the 2022 season. He has been an integral part of the identification of local and regional junior golfers. Known for conducting numerous school golf programs to foster young…

Clubs NSW: Our Valued Supporters

For the past 19 years, Local Clubs have provided much needed financial assistance to Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) junior athletes. ClubGRANTS have been allocated to regional athletes to assist with the financial burden that is placed on families when their children become involved in sport. This assistance ensures that athletes selected on their…

Len Graff: Our First Life Member

Joining the WRAS board in 1993, Len Graff left a legacy of financial stability and direction for the academy. Bringing a wealth of knowledge from his chartered accountancy business, Graff joined WRAS wanting to help the development of regional athletes. “When the academy was in its most formative years, the then Bathurst State MP David…