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.

Guy Asser – Acting Chair

Guy has lived and worked in the Greater Bunbury Region for the past 35 years. He has always had a strong interest in sport and been an active participant in a range of sports. His son Louis Asser is an Alumni SWAS Athlete who played College Tennis in the US for the University of Memphis. With this experience, combined with his long experience as a School Principal, he has seen first-hand the many benefits junior elite athletes gain from being able to live locally. The continuing support from family and friends and the additional support SWAS is able to provide cannot be underestimated as athletes pursue their sporting dreams.


Rob Marshall – Treasurer

Rob is a lifetime resident of the South West, having been born and raised in Harvey.  Rob is a former multiple Harvey Junior Tennis Champion and a one-time leading goal scorer in the Bunbury & Districts Hockey Association, but it is Cricket that dominates his sporting background.

A record 23 times Harvey Cricket Club Cricketer of the Year, Rob played a total of 515 games for the Harvey Cricket Club. In January 2019, Rob was named as a “Legend” of WA Country Cricket – one of only 9 players across 110 years to receive this honour.  In November 2019, Rob captained WA in the Australian Over 50s National Championships.  Rob continues to actively play Cricket for Leschenault in the Bunbury & Districts Cricket Association and is currently the Chairman of the WACA WA Country Cricket Board. He is a Life Member of the Harvey Cricket Club and the BDCA. Treasurer of the BDCA for the past 15 years, Rob has made a career in the Bookkeeping and Accounting Software Industry.  In 2007, Rob’s Business (Ebiz Solutions) based in Eaton, was named as WA’s Micro Small Business of the Year and MYOB’s inaugural Australian Partner of the Year in 2011.  Rob is a “Fellow” of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

James Shepherd

James has taken up a new position as the Director Corporate & Community Services at Shire of Augusta Margaret River and is the former  Manager Sport and Recreation for the City of Bunbury, James was responsible for the City’s sport, recreation, and physical activity facilities and associated program delivery, this included 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.

Dylan Panizza

Dylan has been involved in elite sport for most of his life, and it remains his biggest passion today. Currently completing his Masters of Sports Coaching with the University of Sydney, along with establishing several events in the South West including the WesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift and the Bunbury Street Pole Vault, gives him a great insight into the demands elite sporting pursuits have on youth, and the requirements to become successful. Dylan still competes on the professional running circuit and is currently the sprint coach for the Bunbury Athletics Club and Senior Beach Coach for the Bunbury Surf Club.

Dylan cut his teeth professionally in the accounting industry, attaining his CPA qualification, before moving into the risk and insurance industry.

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 playing golf and helping out with junior hockey coaching clinics.

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.