LAWA Board & Management

Board of Directors:

Teresa Blackman
Chairman
Teresa Blackman was elected Chairman of Little Athletics WA in Dec 2014.  She was previously involved in coaching and administrative roles at Melville Little Athletics Centre.  Teresa is an active member of the athletics community and currently a member of the Little Athletics Australia Board, a Director with Athletics WA, and member of the Community Athletics Council WA.  In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and following the Kangaroos (Nth Melbourne) football team.

 

Fiona Bow
Director
Fiona has been involved in athletics both here and in the UK for 30 years, as an athlete, coach, volunteer, official and from 2016 a Board Member of LAWA. Fiona is an accredited Level 2 Coach
and has been coaching summer and winter training at Inglewood Little Athletics Club (ILAC) over the past three years.While in the UK she was involved strategically with expansion and development of the Club membership base, team participation, innovative event programs and fun based skill learning. She was
involved in the merger of two diverse and culturally different athletics clubs, to bring together a regional club that could train, compete and oversee the running of the club more effectively.
Fiona gained a BA (Honours) in Business, Sport and Recreation and is a qualified accountant, working within the professional, corporate, sporting and not for profit (NFP) industry. She currently work as
Finance Manager for Nature Play WA an NFP organization.
Megan Bye
Director

Megan brings over 20 years of marketing and communications experience to Little Athletics WA as an Independent Board Director.  Over the past 7 years she has owned a consultancy focussing on marketing strategy and online digital solutions.  She has held a number of marketing manager roles in different industries and countries spanning both the government and the private sector.

Megan is a keen outdoor sports enthusiast.  She has competed in a number of road marathons, ultra marathons, adventure races and marathon kayaking.  She has two young boys and is passionate about exposing children to the wonder the sport.

 

Ryan Hawkins
Director
Ryan has been an Independent Director of Little Athletics WA since November 2016. Ryan is currently employed as Senior Legal Counsel for the BGC group of companies where he provides advice on a range of contractual, health and safety, employment and dispute related issues. Ryan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors course
which he completed earlier this year. Outside of work, Ryan is kept busy by his 18 month old son and enjoys spending time with his family and keeping fit. Ryan is a volunteer lifesaver with the North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club.
Lee Hutton
Director
Lee Hutton came to the Board as a casual director in 2016 and is the only Director from a regional area.  “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and hope to continue in the role to help develop the strategic plan and expand the Little Athletics brand.  As a first time Board member, it gives a wonderful insight into the workings and efforts of the members that are all involved in different aspects of the sport.

 

Alison Moore
Director
Alison has experience working at the WAFC as the Female Talent Manager, organising Talent Pathways and elite coaching for female athletes. She was Australian Cross Country Coach for 12 years, State Cross Country Manager for 21 years, State Track + Field Coach/Manager for 4 years and initiated Kelmscott SHS Specialised Athletics course.

Alison also spent over 30 years as an AFL boundary and field umpire.

As an ex PE teacher she enjoys all sports especially: AFL, athletics, volleyball, swimming, cycling, netball and tennis. Other things Alison enjoys doing include gardening, reading, listening to music, cruising, exploring the world and walking her Red Heeler Digger.

 

Rishelle Hume
Director

Rishelle Hume has devoted her life to the advancement of aboriginal people and her Nyoongar culture and was West Australian of the Year (Aboriginal) in 2016.  She has over 24 years experience in aboriginal engagement, ranging from employment, education, justice and health and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Human Resource Management.

Rishelle is a past Little Athlete and a member of the Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence and the LAWA Roll of Achievers.

 

Dean Smith
Director
Dean Smith has made a leadership contribution to Little Athletics since 2008.  Joining as a parent in 2008, after having participated himself in his younger years, Dean quickly rose through a number of volunteer roles to take on the position of Chairman of Ridgewood Little Athletics Centre from 2012 to 2018. With a personal commitment to ‘do the right thing by the athlete’ Dean transformed the Centre, establishing a strong governance framework and financial position.  He also overhauled the look of the Centre with new clothing, awards, medals and scholarships.  Dean is committed to athlete development, not only as a coach himself, but by leading the Ridgewood committee to develop a training program to support athletes seeking more advanced skills development.  He also co-founded the Ridgewood-Joondalup Challenge, now renamed the Smith-Bossert Challenge, designed to create a new and innovative way to engage the participants of Little Athletics.  Dean has also served as a valued Key official at LAWA State Events, senior events and also as a volunteer at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

 

 

Management:

Vince Del Prete
Chief Executive Officer
 From 2008 to 2016, Vince had a successful career as Team Leader for People Development with the Department of Sport and Recreation. He is acutely aware of the demands placed upon volunteers in sport having fulfilled numerous positions in sports organisation including coach, team manager, club president and Board Director. Vince’s vast experience in sports management combined with leadership and business development skills, will prove invaluable to Little Athletics as we develop and grow the sport into the future, whilst ensuring the sustainability of athletics in WA.

 

Emma Pass
Member Services Manager
 My role is to support the Members with their day to day operational running of Little Athletics. Focusing on the resources, governance and policies to enable them to operate as a safe and inclusion Centre, and give them the skills and confidence to function to their best ability.

This ranges from assisting with complaints and disputes, to holding workshops on Safe and inclusive clubs, and providing guidance on Centre and Member related matters.

Away from work, Sport and physical activity are a large part of my life, as I recently retired from professional and international sport.

I like nothing more than getting my runners on and exploring what WA has on offer. I also enjoy spending time with friends and enjoying good company over good food.

 

Heather Dalton
Member Support Officer
Heather is responsible for all aspects of member registrations, liaising with service providers and providing support to Clubs and Centres throughout this process.  She also provides support to Centres, Clubs and our many volunteers in a variety of other areas. She is responsible for athlete and volunteer awards and recognition and also plays a key role in member communications, including producing the weekly LAWA newsletter and assisting with the website.

 

Danny Kevan

Sports Development Manager

 

 

 

Jake Trewin
Competition & Development Officer

Jake has been involved in Little Athletics as an athlete, coach, official and administrator at Club and Centre levels, as well as working at Athletics WA for the two years in competitions.

 

Rebecca Del Pup
LAPS Coordinator

Rebecca was involved in Little Athletics as an athlete, coach and Centre committee member before stepping into her role as the Little Athletics Program for Schools (LAPS) Coordinator in early 2017. The LAPS Program sees in excess of 15,000 students in WA each year with the aim of getting students excited about Athletics and more involved in our sport. Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and brings this knowledge into her coaching and delivery of the Introduction to Coaching Courses (ITCC). She is a strong advocate for getting children involved in Little Athletics not only for the physical, mental and social benefits, but also for the valuable life skills that children will develop.

 

 

Patron:

Dr Tony Buti MLA

 

Life Members:

*Mr B Trivett *  Mr I Dunne – Mrs P Lewis – Mr F Jamieson

Mr R Johnson – *  Mr C Robinson – *Mrs M Boyd

*Mrs B Johnson – *  Mr R Green – Mr D Cramer – Mr D Gardiner

*Mr D Hancy – Mrs J Hardman – *Mr K Wood – Mr B Newton

Mr W Tucker – *Mr D Smith – Mr F Vanirsen – Mrs A Graham

*Mr J Keeling – Mrs L Derby – Mrs K Runge – Mr P Bergshoeff

Mr A. Savage

* Deceased