Administrators and broadcasters come and go, but there was something different about Wally Foreman.
More than 3000 people filled a stadium in November, 2006, to farewell him after his passing from a heart attack, while his memorial service was broadcast on state-wide radio. It was the largest service of its kind in WA.
Why? What was it about this kid from the country that evoked such an overwhelming response from the community?
Wally Foreman grew up in a small country town named Bruce Rock – a place he made famous through his regaling of countless stories from The Rock. He was a career journalist and broadcaster, recognised by name and image, and he fundamentally changed the sporting landscape as the inaugural director of the WA Institute of Sport.
Yet, he was far more than all of that.
Written by his son to Charlotte, the grandaughter he never met, The Legend from Bruce Rock: The Wally Foreman Story details the remarkable, emotional and humorous life of a man who loved and impacted his home state, as much as that state loved and impacted him.