LAWA Board & Management

Little Athletics WA – Board of Directors:

Teresa Blackman
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
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 works as Finance Manager for Nature Play WA an NFP organization.

Ryan Hawkins
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
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
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

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
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.


One Management Team:

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
General Manager
Member Engagement & Business Development
As General Manager for Member Engagement and Business Development, my role is to manage and develop the services and delivery provided to all Members and participants and stakeholders in Athletics in WA.

Ranging from developing governance process, resources and volunteer development, to working with new communities, demographics and stakeholders to increase the growth, accessibility, visibility and sustainability of the sport in the state of WA.

Away from work, Sport and physical activity are a large part of my life, since retiring from professional and international sport, and I enjoy nothing more than lacing up my trainers and exploring WA’s great outdoors.

I also enjoy spending time with friends and enjoying good company over good food.


Nathan Charles

General Manager




As General Manager for Pathways, my role is to create a clear pathway for everyone who is involved in Athletics to increase growth and participation. This includes, but not limited to pathway development and education programs form grassroots participation, to event and competition management and coordination; development of the volunteer network through coordinated education and training for coaches and officials, through to the effective transition to high performance.

I am a big believer in balance in life and away from work I enjoy keeping fit, active and keeping my mind working by studying. I have just finished my Masters in Applied Project Management. I love spending time with my wife and friends, exploring, playing golf and travelling.

I also enjoy watching sport, good food, good company and testing myself by trying new things. If I was to have a dinner party, the first person I would invite would be Will Ferrell.



Heather Dalton
Member Support Officer
Danny Kevan

Pathways Development Coordinator

Jake Trewin
Competition & Development Officer
Rebecca Del Pup
LAPS Coordinator



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