Boyce calls time

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S CAHILL

NED­LANDS res­i­dent and WA In­sti­tute of Sport chair­man Grant Boyce will step down from his role at the end of the month, 12 years af­ter be­ing ap­pointed. The for­mer Olympic hockey player joined the board in 1999 af­ter be­ing ap­proached by the late Wally Fore­man, who was the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the time, and be­came chair­man in 2003. Mr Boyce said he had watched sport be­come more sci­en­tific and pro­fes­sional dur­ing his time with WAIS. He said it was re­ward­ing see­ing ath­letes achieve their goals.

OLYMPIC hockey player Grant Boyce will step down as WA In­sti­tute of Sport chair­man at the end of the month af­ter 12 years in the role.

The Ned­lands ac­coun­tant joined the board in 1999 af­ter be­ing ap­proached by the late Wally Fore­man, who was the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the time.

“He ap­proached me be­cause they wanted fi­nan­cial skills on the board and I knew Wally from my hockey play­ing days when he was a journo,” Boyce said.

“I was very for­tu­nate to take over from Neil McKer­racher (as chair­man in 2003) and WAIS was in good shape.

“WAIS was set up in 1984, so it had been in op­er­a­tion for a long time but sport was not as pro­fes­sional as it is to­day, when there’s a lot more science be­hind it.

“Sport like ev­ery­thing has pro­gressed and be­come more pro­fes­sional and WAIS has had to change and adapt.”

Boyce, who rep­re­sented WA from 1976 and made the Aus­tralian team the fol­low­ing year, com­pet­ing at the 1984 Los An­ge­les Olympics, helped launch the new $33.73 mil­lion WAIS High Per­for­mance Cen­tre in April.

But he nearly missed wit­ness­ing the mile­stone as chair­man af­ter ap­proach­ing then sport min­is­ter Terry Wal­dron four years ago about step­ping down to re­ju­ve­nate the board.

Wal­dron con­vinced him to serve one more term to see out the com­ple­tion of the new build­ing.

Boyce said his most mem­o­rable mo­ments were watch­ing “ath­letes in our sys­tem achieve what they want to achieve, like gold medals and world cham­pi­onships”.

He named cy­clist Ryan Bai­ley, pole vaulter Steve Hooker and javelin thrower Kim Mickle as stand­out per­form­ers dur­ing his time in the chair.

“That’s the re­ward: see­ing ath­letes come in young and come out with world cham­pi­onships, podium fin­ishes and gold medals,” Boyce said.

The new chair­man will be an­nounced at the end of the month.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439311

WAIS chair­man Grant Boyce is re­tir­ing.

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