Wazza

Warren Smith as a young man

Explore the life and legacy of local legend, mentor and pioneering cricket coach Warren ‘Wazza’ Smith.

Warren ‘Wazza’ Smith insists he is just an ordinary bloke, but those who know him think differently.

For over 50 years, the irrepressible coach and mentor has been a regular fixture on pitches and ovals all over Southern NSW, imparting the fundamentals of cricket, and some important life lessons too.

Smith was instrumental in the development of Australian test cricketer Michael Slater, and influential to elite players the world over. To many more, his insistence on hard work, fair play and respect were just as formative.

The exhibition includes rare objects like a bat from the notorious ‘Bodyline’ series, signed by the likes of Sir Donald Bradman and Douglas Jardine.

The ‘Wazza’ story is one of indomitable spirit and country can-do. As a coach working in rural communities, Smith came up with ingenious inventions to help kids train in less than ideal conditions. The exhibition showcases a selection of hand-stitched, hand-welded training aides made by the man himself.

Through the story of one man, Museum of the Riverina explores our collective obsession with sport, unearthing some remarkable moments from the history of Wagga Wagga, the City of Good Sports.

It’s a story for anyone who ever turned up early to training, or stayed up late watching a game.

Wazza is on show at Museum of the Riverina's Historic Council Chambers site from 8 December 2018 - 17 February 2019


Exhibition Launch

Join us for the launch and be one of the first to see the exhibition before it opens to the general public.

The night will include guest speakers Steve Rixon, a former Australian Test cricketer, former NSW State captain and coach, and Alex Blackwell, a former captain of both NSW and Australian women's cricket teams who retired in February 2018. Alex is from the Riverina region and was coached by Wazza. She is also the first woman in the 159-year history of New South Wales cricket to be elected to the board.

  • WHEN: Friday 7 December, 2018
  • TIME: 6.30pm
  • WHERE: Council Meeting Room, Civic Centre, corner Baylis and Morrow Streets, Wagga Wagga
  • RSVP: Through Eventbrite below. Light refreshments will be provided.