Junior Kickboxer Jack Wiseley has once again starred on the international stage as he came home with a bronze medal from the WAKO Junior World Kickboxing Championships in Slovakia.
A member of Combat Kickboxing in Mountmellick, Jack was part of the Irish Kickboxing Squad who travelled to the championships.
This competition is held every year and brings out the world’s best fighters from 55 countries to compete for the most coveted prizes. The week long set of bouts can see fighters having to compete every day, and sometimes twice per day, depending on the number of competitors in their division. This is where the hard work and training pay off as each fighter had to go through months of preparation for competitions of this magnitude.
Jack jumped at the chance to compete against the best fighters in the world when the opportunity came his way.
As the competitions are run under WAKO rules for juniors and requires each competitor to be at the top level of their division before they can enter. In order to ensure that he was ready for the competitions, Jack had to train hard and his parents who supported him all the way kept very busy trying to fundraise as the trip would cost €1500 and as there is very little grants available nowadays.
Combat Kickboxing also ran a fundraiser in order to try help fund some of the trip for Jack and his parents. Most of the local businesses in Mountmellick and Portarlington helped support Jack and will hopefully continue to do so in the future, or until a full time sponsor is found that can help Jack to realise his dreams.
The tough competition that faced Jack saw him compete against fighters from Russia, Italy and Hungary. Each fight was increasingly more difficult with the best of the best competing for the gold medal. The Russian competitor went on to take Gold and Jack took Bronze after a very hard bout against the equally highly skilled fighter.
The closing ceremony of the competitions saw Jack receive Bronze which makes him the first Junior Fighter from Combat kickboxing to achieve such a high world ranking. It brings great pride to the country, town and club to see such a hard-working and dedicated young fighter succeed in his chosen path.
Apart from the whole experience being an invaluable asset to the young fighter, Jack has also been head hunted by many coaches and promoters who are all very interested in having him come to their clubs for training, sparring and competitions in the near future.
He has not only proven to others but also to himself that all the work he puts in pays off and that he definitely had a bright fighting career ahead of him as he now can move on to more advanced training for Full Contact Kickboxing competitions and Low Kick Kickboxing Competitions and hopefully K1 competitions.
A party was held for Jack on his return to Mountmellick in Dowling’s Pub and with many locals in attendance along with the town Mayor who has indicated that Jack will receive a civic reception from Laois County Council in the near future along with other junior Laois sports stars. This is a great honour and will also help encourage more young people to get involved in sports in order to help them in their lives.
Combat Kickboxing Mountmellick, Jack and his parents would like to thank all the people involved in fundraising for Jack’s trip and hope you will continue to support him in the future. The Main sponsors for the trip were Supervalu Mountmellick; Mc Elwees Pharmacy Mountmellick; Mountmellick Credit Union; Laois Sports Partnership with considerable Public Support from surrounding areas
For the last year Jack has been training with Kickboxing Ireland’s Irish Squad attending various training camps which are held around the country along with training twice or three times per week with Combat Kickboxing in Mountmellick and continuing his fitness regime.
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication from a young person in order to reach such a high level as Jack has only been training and participating in competitions for the past three years and has escalated from a novice to advanced fighter.
Jack’s ambition is to travel again with the Irish team to Rimini in Italy next year.