Alan Bishop has been involved in the WKFA for many years. In 1995, he was the winner of the Advance Australia Award, which was presented to him in a ceremony at Government House. He said the prestigious award was recognition of the success and survival of sport in country areas which was dependent on voluntary efforts. He said the award was an achievement, not only for himself, but for the many others who had assisted with the organisation of sport in the West Kimberley.
He had been nominated for the award by the WA Country Football League as a result of a remarkable association with the West Kimberley Football Association.
After arriving in Broome in 1985, Alan soon became heavily involved in local football, having coached junior teams in Perth for the previous 10 years.
In 1987, he moved to One Arm Point for 12 months and coached the Bardi football club to their first premiership.
From 1989 to 1991 he focused his attention on Bidydanga, coaching their team to a premiership win in 1990.
At the same time he became an active member of WKFA, holding various positions on the committee from 1989-1994.
Alan says one of the more satisfying aspects of his work is being part of the program to open the way for West Kimberley footballers to be recognised and selected in WAFL teams like Claremont and ultimately AFL teams.
As a result of the program, Neil Marshall was selected in the Eagles squad and Gavin Mitchell played for the Dockers and St. Kilda.
In 1993 Alan took on the daunting role of chairman of the North West Games Committee which culminated in one of the great sporting events for Broome.
Apart from his behind the scenes work in local sport, Alan is perhaps best known for his contributions on the ABC sports show each Saturday morning where his views and comments have been broadcast throughout the region since 1990.
Not to rest on his laurels, Alan coached Cable Beach to a premiership in 1996. Alan's present role is AFL regional football developmental officer for the Kimberley region. He is working with the Northern Australian football development foundation. Alan was also President of WKFA in 1998.
As of 2015, see Alan's profile below. Awarded Life membership of WACFL in 2012
Currently of the board of the WACFL as an Executive Member.