Boyce Receieves Top Award

WAIS | Published: Thu 9 August 2018

Former WAIS Chairman Grant Boyce this week received the prestigious John Graham Award at the 2018 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.


The biennial awards acknowledge and reward those who have played a crucial role in the development and ongoing management of the sport and recreation industry.


Mr Boyce, who ended a 15-year tenure as Chair of WAIS on June 30, 2015 played a significant role in securing WAIS its current high performance base in Mt Claremont, which has housed Western Australia’s elite Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls since 2015.


He was an Australian representative hockey player and competed for his country at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where Australia finished fourth.


Under Mr Boyce's stewardship, WAIS celebrated its first ever individual world record holder, in Eamon Sullivan (swimming), WA's first ever female rowing world champions in Amber Bradley and Joanna Lutz, Australia's first ever female gymnastics world champion in Lauren Mitchell and Australia's first ever slalom canoe world champion in Robin Bell.

The Minister for Sport and Recreation the Hon. Mick Murray MLA praised each of the 12 category winners but singled Mr Boyce out for special praise.


"Congratulations to all the award winners. These awards play an extremely important role in ensuring WA continues to be one of the world's best places to live and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.


"These people have dedicated much of their lives to ensure the sport and recreation industry continues to contribute to the health, wellbeing and quality of life of so many people.


"In particular I would like to acknowledge Grant Boyce, the winner of the prestigious John Graham Award, presented to individuals for exceptional, long term commitment to sport and recreation," he said.