President:  Louise Barnett

Sledding Since:  2005

Classes Entered:  4 Dog, 3 Dog, 2 Dog, 1 Dog, Bikejoring and Touring Classes.

About – I started this sport when we welcomed our first Alaskan Malamute into our home, I did not expect it to change our life the way it has. We quickly got hooked and welcomed additional dogs, dog trailers, and other equipment I had never heard of, before finding dog sledding. I had not been into camping before I found dog sledding, that quickly changed. 

I have stuck with the Alaskan Malamute breed for racing within the Club and the Sport because I love the breed itself and how they were designed to do this ‘work’. They are not fast, but they give an honest run and the connection the sport gives you with your dogs is unique and special.  

Sledding through beautiful forests, with just you and your dogs is an amazing experience, and their faces after a run just say it all.    

Vice President:  Jamelia Bramwell

Sledding Since:  2017

Classes Entered:  1 Dog, Canicross, Bikejoring, Novice and Puppy

About  I went along to the beginner’s days in 2017 to try a new sport and maybe think about racing. Little did I know that this sport would take over my entire winter (and life) and would introduce me to one of the most welcoming communities. 

Having two ‘non-typical’ sleddog breeds has taught me a lot about different ways of training. My dogs love this sport just as much as the arctic breeds. Our club members are always quick to help someone else out and lend equipment or advice. 

I have been on the committee for a few years now and I love being able to help the club. I’m always up for a chat and will talk about training (physical and behavioural) for hours – SO BE WARNED! 

Secretary:  Michelle Joakim

Sledding Since:  2018

Classes Entered:  2 Dog, 1 Dog, Bikejoring, Touring Classes and Novice.

About  Sleddog racing captured my dog’s hearts back in 2018 when I needed to find a job for my 11-month-old husky boy Loki who took to exerting his energy on my furniture, toothbrushes and toilet rolls.

My friends and family are amazed at how quickly my life has changed, getting up before sunrise in the cold & rain for training, standing in the start chute at races waiting to take off at the start line, dogs barking with excitement. My dogs found a passion that I get to share with them. 

I have aspirations of one day going to the snow, but for now, I am happy travelling around WA to new locations with Loki, Storm, Frost & Baloo racing as Team “Hakuna Matata” yep it means No Worries!

Treasurer:  Marilyne McPaul

Sledding Since:  2015

Classes Entered: 2 Dog, 1 Dog, Canicross, Bikejoring, Veteran and Touring Classes

About – My sister introduced me to dogsledding on a visit to her home in Spokane, Washington USA. She had an Alaskan Malamute and team of German Shepherds. I was hooked. I broke my first husky out of the RSPCA pound around 23 years ago and intended to dryland sled. Life and kids got in the way.

In 2013 Max joined our family and we took him to the try out days in SA and then in WA after moving here. We’ve been seriously dogsledding since 2015. I went to Beginners Camp and every race in the state to learn everything I could. Then Loki arrived.
Loki made our team a two dog team. Some of the most fun and best runs have been with Loki and Max as my 2 dog team.

My happy place is camping with my dogs, sitting around the campfire sharing stories and laughs. Hopefully we’ll be able to travel to the snow in the near future.

This year I’m serving as Treasurer for WASSA having previously served as president for 2 years and general committee for 2 years. I’ve even been Race Marshall. I’m happy to help anyone, please just ask.

General Committee:  Josh Neufield

Sledding Since: 2019

Classes Entered: Bikejoring and Novice

About – I discovered the sport at a dog’s day-out event. I met and talked to some members of the club who said my dogs would be perfect.

I was a bit sceptical at first, thinking this sport was for huskies, not my skinny hounds. To my surprise and great joy not only have my dogs taken to the sport, but they also love getting out there and running their hearts out!

This sport has taken me to some wonderful places and introduced me to a welcoming and inclusive group of people.

My favourite thing about sledding is seeing the joy in my dogs whenever their harnesses come out and they know they are going out to have some serious fun.

My dogs Valentine, Poppy and I are looking forward to another year being part of this wonderful club. Full disclosure, this sport is addictive!

General Committee:  Jordan Leybourne

Sledding Since:  2018

Classes Entered:  2 Dog, 1 Dog, Canicross, Bikejoring and Novice

About – I have had Alaskan Malamutes in my life since I was 4 years old. While I showed them in the show ring, I never knew their full potential until I attended the ASSA nationals at Jarrahwood in 2017. 

The noise and the atmosphere was insane and I knew I had a new sport to add to my hobby list. The following winter we ordered harnesses and found a second-hand scooter and we have never looked back!

I started as a novice before I moved up to 2 dog open and recently added 1 dog to my list of classes. I am in love with the sport and hope to see it grow as I’m sure there are many dogs out there that have the potential to be amazing sled dogs.

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General Committee:  Heather Rhodes

Sledding Since:  2021 

Classes Entered:  Canicross, Bikejoring and Novice

About – I get up before the sun rises in winter because my dogs absolutely love this sport. On our very first trial day, Zuko took to sledding like he’d been bred for it. You can’t help but share in the joy the dogs have for it. 

In one season my own fitness has increased just as much as my dogs has, and I now regularly run canicross with both of my collies. I never thought I’d say that I’m a runner, but here we are. 

I want to bring this amazing sport to more people and show them that any breed can have a great time running.

Find me with the dog with a blue tail!

General Committee:  Jarrad Foreman

Sledding Since:  2019

Classes Entered:  Canicross, Bikejoring and Novice

About – I’ve only been competing in this sport for a short time and it’s already hard to imagine life without it. I was quickly thrown into the dog world with sledding being the first sport I really got into. 

I love the opportunity to camp around like-minded friends and a host of amazing dogs. Nothing beats the early morning madness that is freezing conditions, crazy dogs, and even crazier people. 

I joined committee because I’m passionate about making this sport even better!

General Committee:  Sarah Masi

Sledding Since:  2021

Classes Entered:  Novice

About  I discovered WASSA through Instagram back in 2020. I kept a close eye on their social media pages and saw that the club would be having a stall at a market in Midland. I jumped at the chance to go down and ask some questions. I learned some basic commands to start working on with my dog. I joined various musher groups to get a deeper understanding of the sport, from there, I was hooked. 

I took my dog Mia (Kelpie x Red Heeler) to the 2021 Try Out Day and was amazed at how well she took to the sport. Having a non-typical sledding breed, I was so excited to see how we would progress in the sport. 

The early mornings for training and long drives to races made it so worth it to be able to see the pure joy this sport gave my dog. I never thought I’d be calling myself a ‘Musher’ or Mia a ‘Sleddog’ and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!  

This year I aim to help as many beginners as I can and hope that they find a love as big as I did for this sport.

General Committee:  Linden Maney

Sledding Since:  2021

Classes Entered:  General love of the sport

About  See this beautiful young lady and her pup in my bio pic, this is my daughter Ella and her dog Deet’s, and this is how and why I joined dog sledding.

I am the guy in the mini-insert picture with the big grin, enjoying time with my wife Emma and catching up with friends around the camp. 

My day job is working in the equine industry as a farrier. My hobbies are boating and fishing when I get the chance and watching my girls grow and excel in their chosen sports interests with their love for horse riding and dog sledding. 

I joined committee to help promote this awesome sport as it’s a fantastic outdoor activity for kids, the dogs, and the whole family, I can vouch as my whole family love it!

General Committee:  Craig Thorogood

Sledding Since:  2021

Classes Entered:  Bikejoring and Novice

About – Everyone who knows me knew I hated camping. Every trip I do away I say it. Now the thing that motivates me to go camping is Sledding with Buddy. He just loves going sledding.

I’ve been involved behind the scenes for a few years due my partner. I’ve gone from only having one dog to our second foster fail in Buddy. Now there are four huskies in our home.

Warning – the sport is addictive due to how much your dog loves it. The track car horn sounds, campfire smells and howling of the dogs all contribute to an amazing atmosphere. Then the excitement builds as the first heats are under way and the countdown clock beeps.

My first year competing in Novice was last year and now I can do bikejoring. Buddy has a blast doing what he’s bred for which makes it my jam.

We’ve made a lot of friends in this sport. Now I can’t wait to go camping again.

General Committee:  Kathleen Sprigg (Top)
Country Rep:  Justin Sprigg (Bottom) 

Sledding Since:  2016

Classes Entered: 2 Dog, 1 Dog, Touring and Novice

About  We have been involved in dogs for many years, previously breeding and showing Australian Shepherds. My youngest daughter got me into the sport after begging for a husky. 

We reached out to some WASSA competitors and the rest is history.

We now own a number of dogs bred for the sport and our whole family has become involved. We also host one of the WASSA race’s on our families farm Muck’n Mayhem each year.

We look forward to helping grow the sport in WA and cannot wait for the next sledding season to enjoy the trails and spend time with the friendly supportive people that make WASSA such a wonderful club to be a part of.

ASSA WA State Rep:  Adam West

Sledding Since:  2014

Classes Entered:  4 Dog, 3 Dog, 2 Dog, 1 Dog, Bikejoring, Veteran and Touring Classes.

About  I started sledding in 2014 with 2 Dalmatians, Corona and Echo (who is deaf). The dogs loved it, and soon we added two more deaf Dalmatians to the family, inspiring our team’s name, ‘Hearing is Overrated.’ 

I have raced in every class, except novice, and have been fortunate enough to be trusted to run other people’s teams of dogs, further extending my experience. 

I have travelled East to compete Nationally. 

This will be my 4th year on Committee. I am also Western Australia’s state representative on the ASSA Committee. 

I enjoy attending all races that our three WA clubs put on.