JACKSON Luke < Back  
Sport Boxing
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 01 Jan 1985 in Hobart, AUS
Height1.69 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Tasmania, AUS
Occupation Tradesperson
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]
General Interest
Nicknames 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)
Injuries 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)
Ambitions To compete at the Olympic Games. (couriermail.com.au, 31 Jan 2012)
Other information INSPIRATION
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)