THE Casterton district, with a population of about 2000, has always produced outstanding sportsmen and women of all codes. Born in Casterton, where he started racing at the age of 15, cycling legend, Wal Smith, dedicated his life to cycling, both as a competitor and an administrator. Known as Mr Cycling, his string of victories included the Mt Gambier 100 (160km) twice, the Hamilton 75 (120km) and the Casterton 50 (80km). Wal also rode the Victorian Sun Tour twice and the Melbourne to Warrnambool road race 18 times. The Wal Smith Cycling Foundation is being launched by Doug Issell, members of Wal Smith’s family including his sister, Betty, and other prominent cycling identities with the purpose of promoting and conducting the ‘Wal Smith Memorial Casterton 50’ as an annual event on the regional cycling calendar. Most importantly, its aims are to provide prize money for the event, promote the development of cycling and assist in the welfare of young cyclists in the South-West Cycling Centre in Victoria and South Australia. Through this foundation, promising young cyclists, particularly those experiencing personal or financial hardship, could receive financial and/or mentoring support relating to their cycling aims and ambitions as well as assistance with their educational requirements through small grants or scholarships. The ultimate goals of The Wal Smith Cycling Foundation are a reflection of the personality and integrity of this man and stand as a memorial to the selfless, outstanding contribution to cycling and to society by Walter (Wal) Rigney Smith. Full report in today’s Spectator.