The South West Academy of Sport is accepting applications for the 2024 Wally Foreman Coach of the Year. SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion encouraged people to put the names of their coaching heroes forward for the prestigious accolade. “We want to hear about coaches who are making a difference in the local community,” Butlion said. “It doesn’t matter what level they coach at. This award aims to officially recognise dedicated individuals who don’t necessarily get paid but who love to coach.” The award is named in honour of the late Wally Foreman, a revered sports administrator and commentator, who was asked by Bunbury business identity Rolf Stene to carry out the feasibility planning for the South West Academy of Sport prior to its inception in 2007. Last year, the prestigious gong was shared by two coaches — SWFL coach Matt Jamieson (while at Augusta-Margaret River) and South West hockey icon, Keith Old. “I think a big part of being a coach is building relationships, as it builds culture and success,” Jamieson said on stage after receiving his trophy. “It is very humbling to be standing up here in front of everyone,” Old added. The winner of the award will be announced at the Mantra Bunbury Lighthouse on February 17 during the SWAS annual awards night.