Paul Toole: A True WRAS Supporter

A passionate advocate for regional New South Wales, NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole has been a key supporter of the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS). Paul began his association with the academy as a member of the WRAS Board of Directors in 2002. Reflecting on his time with the board, he remembers the hard…

Matthew Irvine: Our WRAS Chairman

A common theme for those involved with WRAS, is their desire to improve the opportunities of regional athletes. For Matthew Irvine, that passion has led to a 15-year involvement with the business and corporate governance of the academy which he has thoroughly enjoyed. His time with the academy has been split in phases, the first…

Phil Cole: The WRAS Media Man

Best known for a forty-year association with 2bs and B-Rock FM, Phil Cole has been responsible for sharing some terrific sporting stories. With a passion for telling local stories, Cole says he loves celebrating all performances from across the central west. “I’ve always been very parochial having attended Bathurst High School and I get excited…

Wally Gaynor: Our Great Hockey Coach

With a love of helping athletes build basic skills, Wayne ‘Wally’ Gaynor has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s most enthusiastic hockey coaches. Between 2003 and 2014, the Western Region Academy of Sport was fortunate enough to have Gaynor involved as the head coach in the program. Gaynor credits his time with WRAS for…

Marian Renshaw: The Selfless Cycling Coach

Marian Renshaw is a name synonymous with cycling in the western region. From her association with Bathurst Cycling and helping several junior athletes climb through the state and national cycling pathways, Renshaw is known as one of the state’s best cycling coaches. Marian’s first became involved with the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) in…