ATHLETE PROFILE: JASON WHATELEY
ATHLETE NAME: Jason Whateley
BOXING NICKNAME: The Warrior
MOST NOTABLE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OR RECORD: qualifying for the Olympic games.
STATE AFFILIATION: Victoria
WEIGHT CLASS: 91kg
AMATEUR RECORD (ROUGHLY IF YOU DON’T KNOW IT): 95 fights
TRAINER: Marcos Amado
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY FOR THE TEAM - WHO DID YOU BEAT ? I qualified by winning the Australian title in November, I had a bye through the first round, second round I defeated Queensland and in the final I defeated WA.
YEARS EXPERIENCE AS A BOXER: I had my first fight in October 2008, so coming up 10 years fighting.
WHO GOT YOU INTO BOXING AND WHY?: My mum always wanted me to box, however I got my opportunity through playing football. I had a footy grudge match, where 2 players from rival clubs train up for about 8 weeks in separate gyms and fight each other on the Annual Bairnsdale Boxing Club tournament, in East Gippsland. I defeated my opponent by 3rd round KO.
ODD SPORTING FACT ABOUT YOU (OTHER SPORTING INTERESTS OR AWARDS?): as a kid my sport was Aussie rules football, I won club Best and fairest’s, also 1 league (but was ineligible due to suspension) football was my passion until I found boxing.
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF NOT BOXING: I have no idea, hate to think.
WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU: Family
THE MOST MEMORABLE WIN YOU EVER HAD: Definitely my win in China to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
WHAT IS IT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE SPORT: first and foremost, I want to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in front of the Aussie crowd.
FINISH THE SENTENCE: “If I win gold, I will… Have a huge celebration with the people who helped me to get there, as it is just as much theirs as it is mine.