Year Awarded: 2020
Sport: Boxing
Scholarship Holders

Jack Denahy - Boxing

DOB: 7.11.1998

Jack Denahy is an amateur boxer who is working towards a gold medal for Australia. Ever since he was in nappies, he's been an active kid, from spending hours on the trampoline to learning gymnastics for six years. When we was 15, he decided to try something new and enrolled in a mixed martial arts class. After a few lessons, he 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, his coach decided he had taken him as far as he could and sent him up to Brian Butler at East End Boxing in Melbourne. Since 2017 he has been travelling from his hometown near Ballarat to Melbourne to train with the great coaches and elite boxers at East End Boxing.

In 2018 and again in 2019 he won State and National titles in two weight divisions. He had his first international competition in 2019 after being selected to represent Australian in the Thailand tournament. In September 2019 he was a part of the Australian team competing at the World Championships in Russia in the featherweight division. With the support of his family, friends, coaches and now his Mentor Sarah Fitz-Gerald and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, he has his sights firmly set on achieving further success at an international level. His goal for 2020 is to represent Australia at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and bringing home the Gold!

Jack: “This opportunity means the world to me! Having access to the valuable experience of a sporting great such as Sarah Fitz-Gerald will help me build my career in ways I can’t begin to imagine.

The funding and recognition provided will allow me to step my training up to the next level including increased strength and conditioning and seeking the best nutrition. I am truly grateful for the opportunity from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.”

Mentor Sarah Fitz-Gerald AM (squash)

“I feel really honoured to be asked to mentor Jack…..his mother and I have been great friends since we were kids, ... to watch her son grow up, make decisions which has led him down this path with sport and now to see him achieving so much and working so hard gives me a huge thrill.”


NSO Quote: Josh O’Brien, Boxing Australia Chief Executive Officer

“It’s a rare privilege for Jack to have been selected to receive a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship for 2020. The opportunity for him to work with a mentor as accomplished at the highest level as Sarah Fitz-Gerald is a valuable opportunity to further develop himself as an international athlete.

Having Sarah in his corner as he vies for qualification to the 2020 Olympics is a major boost to his chances. Boxing Australia is greatly appreciative of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in its support of Jack and boxing.”


Click here to read the 2020 Scholarship & Mentoring Program Media release from 2019


What does integrity mean to me?

To me, integrity means staying true to yourself and what you believe in. Having good character and doing nothing that dishonours you or others.


Fast Facts

Disciplines: Elite men’s featherweight
First Club: Brawl Boxing
Current Club: East End Boxing
First Started Boxing: 2015
National Senior Ranking: #1
International Senior Ranking: #40
                (As at September 2019)

Favourite Quote: “You have to train your mind to be stronger than your feelings or else you’ll lose yourself” – Mike Tyson

Second boxer since the program commenced in 2006.


Honours, Awards & Results

2019 World Championships Representative

2019 Australian Championships, Gold

2019 57kg Elite National Champion

2018 Australian Championships, Gold

2018 60kg Elite National Champion




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Mentor:  Sarah Fitz-Gerald AM

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.