Jack Denahy is an amateur boxer who is working towards a gold medal for Australia. When Denahy turned 15, he decided enrol in a mixed martial arts class. After a few lessons, Denahy chose to focus solely on the punching part, so he found a boxing gym in Ballarat. He still remembers his first session with his first coach Clinton, he realised that this was what he wanted to do with his life, Box.
After training in Ballarat for approximately 18 months, Denahy’s coach decided he had taken him as far as he could and sent him up to Brian Butler at East End Boxing in Melbourne. From 2017 until late 2019 Denahy travelled from his hometown near Ballarat to Melbourne to train with the great coaches and elite boxers at East End Boxing.
In 2018 Denahy won State and National titles in two weight divisions and then again in 2019. Denahy had his first international competition in 2019 after being selected to represent Australia in Thailand. In September 2019 Denahy was selected in the Australian team, featherweight division, for the World Championships in Russia. With the support of his family, friends, coaches and Mentor, Sarah Fitz-Gerald and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Denahy has his sights firmly set on achieving further success at an international level.
In late 2019, early 2020, Denahy made the difficult decision to step away from boxing.
After competing and travelling 6 hours a day, 7 days a week for over five years, not taking appropriate breaks between tournaments and training blocks, burning the candle at both ends, which ultimately led to Athlete burnout.
Jack decided to take a complete break from the sport to refresh and recharge mentally and physically. Jack has a great support group to help him through this and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and AIS continue their support during this time and wish him the best with what he chooses to do in life and sport.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2019: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scgolarship Recipient (second boxer since the Program commenced in 2006)
- 2019: World Championships Representative
- 2019: Australian Championships – Gold
- 2019: 57kg Elite National Champion
- 2018: Australian Championships – Gold
- 2018: 60kg Elite National Champion
Bio picture credit to sportspics.com.au
Last updated 13/07/2020