College Patrons

Each of our specialist programs are supported by a dedicated patron who is committed to the continuing success of our sporting history.

| Tennis | Netball | Cricket | Music |


Tennis

Margaret Court is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player of all time. During her outstanding tennis career, she amassed an incredible 62 grand slam tournament victories, including 11 Australian Opens; five US Opens; five French and three Wimbledon Singles titles. No other player, man or woman in the history of the game has ever been able to beat this record.

She is also the only player in history to achieve the Grand Slam, winning all four majors, in both singles and doubles.

In 1967 Margaret Court (then Smith) was honored with the Member of the British Empire (MBE). She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979 and then into the Australian Hall of Fame in 1985. In November 1999, Mrs Court was nominated as one of the top Sportswomen of the Century.

She officially retired from the game in 1976 after coming back from her first retirement in 1968.

Throughout her career, Margaret achieved a number of 'firsts' - the first Australian woman to win the Rome, French and Wimbledon titles; the first woman to train in a men's gym; the first woman to come back to a number one ranking after two years out of the game; the first mother to come back on the professional tour and the first to travel with her husband and children while on tour.

In March 2005, Margaret Court was honoured with being named Western Australia's Greatest Ever Tennis Player and Western Australia's Greatest Ever Female Sports star.

On January 26, 2007 Margaret was honoured in the Australia Day Honours List, being made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).


Netball

Susan Fuhrmann has made a great impact on Australian netball as an international player, excelling in her position on court as goal keeper. Susan commenced her national league career with the Perth Orioles in 2007 (now known as West Coast Fever) and retired in early 2013.

Susan first played for the Australian National Netball team in 2006. Her career highlights include winning silver at the 2007 Netball World Championships in Auckland and gold at the 2011 Netball World Championships in Singapore. Throughout her career she has made 33 appearances for the Australian Netball team, the Diamonds.

Susan's dedication and commitment saw to her being able to combine her pharmaceutical tertiary studies with an elite netball career.


Cricket

Bruce Reid is among John Forrest Secondary College's most well-known graduates. He is one of many former John Forrest students to have progressed to play WACA grade cricket, but one of only a few to have represented Australia.

Bruce progressed through the junior ranks at Bayswater-Morley District Cricket Club. He then went on to represent Western Australia in Sheffield Shield and became one of Australia's leading fast bowlers. At 203cm, he is one of the tallest players to have ever played international cricket. Bruce was famous for his left arm, frightening pace, natural swing and awkward angle of delivery. His height also allowed him to achieve steep bounce and consistent accuracy.

At 22, Bruce made his international debut in 1985 at the Adelaide Oval against a very strong Indian team, where he took 4/113 in 53 overs. He was consistently the best performing Australian bowler throughout the 85/86 summer.

He made his One Day International debut that same summer against New Zealand. His most famous achievement was during the Ashes series of 1990-91 where he tore through the England team at the MCG, taking 13 wickets for the match.

Bruce is one of four Australians to take a hat-trick in ODI's. His test career spanned 27 matches, taking 113 wickets at an average of 24.63, and his ODI career expanded over 61 matches and claimed 63 wickets at an average of 34.96. His international career was cut short in 1992 by persistent injury.

Bruce retired from the game altogether in 1996 when he hung the boots up from Sheffield Shield cricket. He remained within the international cricket world, becoming a mentor to bowlers all around the world. He has worked with the Indian and Zimbabwean national cricket teams, as well as Hampshire County Cricket Club in England. He has mentored Australian left arm quicks and now owns the Ballajura Indoor Centre, where he mentors cricketers in the surrounding area.


Music

Ashley Smith is one of John Forrest Secondary College's most accomplished musicians. Since graduating from John Forrest, Ashley has become Head of Woodwind and Contemporary Performance at UWA School of Music and is an excellent role model who has achieved international acclaim as a bass clarinetist and clarinet player. He has formidable ability and noteworthy achievements to his name and remains generous with his time.

He has been described by The Age as 'Incandescent... a masterly display of skill and insight... as an apologist for contemporary music-making, you would search hard to find this young clarinettist's equal'. Ashley has emerged as one of Australia's most internationally demanded young musicians. The current Churchill Fellow, Ashley is a laureate of two of Australia's most prestigious prizes for classical musicians, the 2012 Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship and the ABC Symphony International Young Performer Award (other instrument category). Identified as a 'rising star' by the world's leading clarinet manufacturer, Buffet-Crampon, Ashley is Buffet-Crampon Artist.

Internationally, Ashley has performed throughout the USA and Asia including performances with Bang on a Can, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. In 2014 Ashley's international engagements include performances in the USA with Chamber Music Northwest as well as appearing in recital throughout Europe.

Domestically, Ashley has performed as a soloist with several of Australia's major orchestras. His Melbourne premiere of the Magnus Lindberg Concerto was ranked amongst The Age's Top 5 Classical Performances 2010. In 2014 he shall appear as a soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in a new concerto by Lachlan Skipworth. As a chamber musician, Ashley performs regularly with several of Australia's major ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, the Syzygy Ensemble and the Argonaut Ensemble. In 2013 he and his principal duo partner, Australian pianist Aura Go, were commended again by The Age for their Melbourne Recital Centre Spotlight recital which marked the launch recital of their duo, Australia Felix. For this recital, the duo also received the Melbourne Recital Centres prestigious Contemporary Masters Award for the most outstanding performance of a post-1945 work during the 2013 season.

In 2014 Ashley is Artist in Residence at the University of Western Australia where he was also recently appointed an Assistant Professor position as the Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance.

Ashley is a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music and a graduate of the University of Western Australia where he was awarded the Sir Harold Bailey as the most outstanding graduate of the Faculty Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was nominated for the J.A. Wood Prize, the institution's most presitgous honour. He most recently graduated from Master of Music at Yale University under the tutelage of David Shifrin, where he was additionally awarded the Thomas Nyfenger Prize.

For more information about Ashley, visit www.ashleywilliamsmith.com/home.php