The South West Academy of Sport is an incorporated body with an independent board of management.

The board is made up of a team of outstanding regional leaders committed to providing the best training and opportunities for our athletes.

Stan Liaros


Stan is the CEO of The Apprentice and Traineeship Company, Chair of Aqwest (Bunbury Water Corp) and a member of the Bunbury Development Committee.  He is actively involved in the community and has previously held the position of Senior Vice President of the South West Football League and a former Chairman of the South West Development Commission.  Over the past two decades as CEO of The Apprentice and Traineeship Company, he has overseen the organisation’s involvement in youth employment and training, support of numerous community events such as the annual City of Bunbury Carols as well as numerous sporting clubs/competitions/events and high school awards.

Guy Asser

Deputy Chair


James Shepherd

As the Manager Sport and Recreation for the City of Bunbury, James is responsible for the City’s sport, recreation, and physical activity facilities and associated program delivery, this includes the South West Sports Centre.  Prior to working at the City of Bunbury, James spent 20 years working in the leisure and fitness industry in the UK, operating and developing facilities and leisure services for many communities. His sporting background has seen him play representative cricket to under-19 level in the UK, swim the English Channel as part of a team of five and assist in the development of the Jersey Triathlon Club.  Since arriving in Bunbury, he has developed his passion for cycling and is an active member of the SW Cycling Club.

Troy Jones

Troy has a long and distinguished career in sport and recreation, having served 16 years in Local Government in the regional centres of Port Hedland, Katanning and Kalgoorlie-Boulder in roles that focused around sport, recreation and community development.  In 2004 he joined the Department of Sport and Recreation as the regional manager for the South West, which was extended in 2015 to also include the peel region where he is still today, enjoying the challenges of servicing the two largest regions in WA that both have huge demands resulting from the population growth being experienced.  Troy is a keen sportsperson himself, having played and coached a range of sports and continues to volunteer on a number of local club and association committees, including being an inaugural Board Member of SWAS.

Wayne Vitali

Wayne has worked in South West newspapers for 30 years. As Group Editor of West Australian Newspapers’ South West Regional Newspaper Group, he has responsibility for newspapers in Bunbury, Manjimup, Harvey, Rockingham, Busselton and Margaret River. Wayne has worked in Mandurah, Busselton, and Manjimup, and is now based at the South Western Times in Bunbury.

Ray Frisina


Ray is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has also been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with over 40 years of experience in business consultancy, corporate governance, and strategic planning.  From his extensive business background, Ray has developed strong leadership, governance, and negotiating skills and has the ability to deal with complex and challenging commercial issues.  Ray has served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Bunbury Port Authority and numerous statutory and community Board and Committees, including Board Member of the South West Planning Commission, Member of the City of Bunbury Vision Taskforce, Board Member of the Lishman Health Research Foundation, CHairman of the Chefs Long Table Lunch Charity Committee.

Ray was also a long-serving member of the Board of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and has been awarded Life Membership.  As a long term resident and a former Councillor for the City of Bunbury he has a strong interest, knowledge and background in community issues and is able to understand and contribute to decision making and development of the South West region.  Ray has also a life long sporting association as a player, coach, and administrator.


Pam Glossop

Pam Glossop is the Club Development  Officer at the City of Busselton.  Pam has a background in sport particularly in hockey where she represented Queensland from 1975 to 1984.  She also represented Australia from 1975 to 1984 and was selected in the 1980 Olympic team (Moscow boycotted) and 1984 (Los Angeles) where the team finished 4th.  Pam is in the Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame, the Australian Hockey Hall of Fame and the Edith Cowan University Sporting Hall of Fame.

After retiring from playing hockey, Pam relocated from Queensland to WA to assist establish the Australian Institute of Sport unit.  Pam coached at the AIS from 1984 to 1993.  During this time Pam completed her degree in Sports Science.  Following her playing and coaching career, Pam transferred her skills to sports management and has been the CEO at TouchWest, Women’s Golf WA, Bowls WA and worked for the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Pam now spends most of her spare time palying golf and helping out with junior hockey coaching clinics.

Jodi Nield

Jodi is the Manager of the Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre, delivering a range of services and programs to the community.

She has a degree in Sports Science and Sports Management and has extensive experience in governance and leadership in the community and sports industries, in both a professional and voluntary capacity.  Her main involvement has been in hockey, having been employed at the local, regional and state levels.  She has also represented WA and Australia at the Masters level.

Community wellbeing, coaching and junior development is Jodi’s passion and she indulges this through various roles at the Boyup Brook Hockey and Tennis clubs, and the delivery of seniors exercise programs.

Rosie Cahill

Rosie has just retired after working with THe Apprentice and Traineeship Company (ATC) for 17 years as the CEO’s PA.  During her time at ATC, she has been involved with youth employment and training and also represented the company through different sporting clubs including Souwest Jets Netball, South West Football League, Bunbury Rowing Club, and SWAS.  Rosie has recently been appointed to the board of Group Training South West.

A keen sportsperson Rosie was involved in playing netball for many years and coached several school teams.  The South West Chung Wah Association brought dragon boat racing to Bunbury as well as the Bunbury’s Aqua Spectacular which was secured during the March long weekend.  Rosie was one of the original paddlers for Forza Italia and was involved in corporate and novice divisions which won WA State and National Titles in 1997 and 1999.

Currently a member of the Bunbury Rowing Club, Rosie still enjoys her sports and keeping fit, in her spare time she does walking, yoga and cycling.

Dylan Panizza and Rob Marshall