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.
Wally Foreman grew up in a small country town named Bruce Rock – a place he made famous through regaling the tales from The Rock. He was a career journalist and broadcaster, recognised by name, image and voice, and he fundamentally changed the Australian 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, while always holding his home town in his heart.
"Wally Foreman wore no masks - he invited the world into his life. Filled with the captivating and controversial tales of a wonderful man and told in a powerfully sincere way, this unique story reflects that character, inviting the reader into a life we all miss."
Introduction: Dear Charlotte
Chapter 1: Always Remember Where You Came From
Chapter 2: Family and Friends Matter
Chapter 3: Make the Most of the Hand You’re Dealt
Chapter 4: Never Give In, Never Give In (Never, Never, Never)
Chapter 5: Always Follow Your Dreams
Chapter 6: Dreams Can Come True
Chapter 7: The Legend from Rivervale
Chapter 8: Sometimes the Grass is Greener
Chapter 9: The Western Australian Institute of Sport
Chapter 10: There’s Always Another Way
Chapter 11: ‘Good Facilities Only Help the Good People’
Chapter 12: When Two Worlds Collide
Chapter 13: There is More to Life than Results
Chapter 14: Actions Have Consequences
Chapter 15: Sometimes, We Must Let Go
Chapter 16: Follow Your Heart
Chapter 17: Take Time for Family
Chapter 18: Regrets, You’ll Have a Few
Chapter 19: The Hardest Part is Letting Go
Chapter 20: Always Keep a Sense of Humour
Chapter 21: People Come First
Chapter 22: Always Look After Your Mates
Chapter 23: Every Ending has a Beginning
Chapter 24: Every Beginning has an End
Chapter 25: Endings Are Contradictions
Chapter 26: A Thousand Words Paint a Picture
Chapter 27: The Legend from Bruce Rock