ATHLETE PROFILE: JASON WHATELEY

IMAGE: Jason Whateley at Boxing Australia's 2017 National Championships

 

ATHLETE NAME: Jason Whateley

BOXING NICKNAME: The Warrior

MOST NOTABLE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OR RECORD: qualifying for the Olympic games.

STATE AFFILIATION: Victoria

AGE: 27

WEIGHT CLASS: 91kg

AMATEUR RECORD (ROUGHLY IF YOU DON’T KNOW IT): 95 fights

LOCAL GYM: Peninsula Boxing
 

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. 

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