Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began boxing aged 19.
|Why this sport?
||He had always been interested in boxing and when he met trainer David Polley's son Chris out one night they got talking about boxing and he decided to try it out. David Polley was his first trainer.
|Club / Team
||Australian Institute of Sports [AIS] / Jackson Boxing Gym: Australia
|Name of coach
||Scott Briggs, Bodo Andreas [national]
||Jacko (themercury.com.au, 06 Feb 2012)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (london2012.olympics.com.au, 2012)
|Hero / Idol
||Australian boxer Kostya Tszyu. (The Age, 24 Dec 2005)
||In 2009 he suffered a stress fracture in his back which kept him out of action for 18 months. (stuff.co.nz, 31 Jan 2012)
|Awards and honours
||He was named captain of the Australian boxing team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (themercury.com.au, 10 Aug 2010)
||To compete at the Olympic Games. (couriermail.com.au, 31 Jan 2012)
On his bedroom wall he has a framed T-shirt from Australian boxer Kostya Tszyu's 'Tszyu Crew' with the inspirational phrase "Something worth fighting for" printed on it. (The Age, 24 Dec 2005)
He has declared that he has no desire to turn professional and believes it is harder to be an amateur. "Anyone can turn professional. A lot of the guys that turn professional wouldn't even last in the ring with a successful amateur boxer. To win an Olympic gold medal is harder than any professional world title ever." (stuff.co.nz, 31 Jan 2012)
He runs an asbestos removal company in Hobart, Australia. (stuff.co.nz, 31 Jan 2012)