Jack Woolley is now preparing for the World Junior Championships in Taipei, commencing Monday, and hopefully having recovered from suffering a heart-breaking loss in the Taipei qualifiers for the 2014 Youth Olympics last week.
Up against the Kazakhstan champion,Serikbay,with a win guaranteeing his place in Nanjing, Woolley was 17-17 with but seconds to go but unluckily lost out to his Kazakhstan opponent. He had overcome stiff opposition earlier from the champions of Bahrain (32-12) and Philippines (16-16 Golden Point win) before going out to Serikbay.
The Irish Taekwondo Union later commented on Social Media: “17-17 with 2 seconds to go, KAZ coach managed to get 3 wiped off with good card.
Ecstasy to Agony. Fantastic Result ,unlucky decision in the end but it goes to show he can compete with the best. Junior Worlds starting on 24th so good luck Jack!”
Since joining ITU club, South Dublin Taekwondo, he has gone from strength to strength under Master Robert Taaffe. During the past 5 years not only has he won numerous national and international competitions., the highlight being representing Ireland at the World Youth Sports Festival in Vienna in 2013 bringing home Gold after a spectacular knock out in the final but he has also attended numerous seminars and personal coaching sessions with some of the world’s top coaches and fighters such as Ky Tu Dang, Henk Meyer, Stig Larson and Chloe Bruce.
In 2012 Jack was invited to attend an Olympic Training camp in Athens with Master Kou Kouletsos where he honed his practical and mental skills to a high standard gaining the praise and friendship of this World and Olympic level coach. He has also qualified as a corner judge and regularly volunteers for the I.T.U and is a junior coach in SDTKD.
He has also volunteered promoting the sport in local schools, youth groups and intergenerational projects. This 2nd Dan Black Belt National Team player has won numerous accolades including The Echo Sports Star award 2012, Pride of Jobstown Junior Sports Star award 2011, his clubs Outstanding Contribution 2010 and Fighter of the year 2013/14.