Boxing flyweight

Jack Bateson

Last Updated: 03/06/14 8:54am

Jack Bateson: Is a top prospect for the 2016 Olympics in the flyweight division

Jack wants to try and show that not all boxers match the often negative stereotype

At the 2013 European Championships Jack won the bronze medal

At the 2013 European Championships Jack won the bronze medal

I am currently the youngest member of the Great Britain Boxing Podium squad and train in Sheffield full-time at the EIS. I have been competing since I was 11 years of age and have been involved in boxing for as long as I can remember.

Fact File

  • DOB: 03/06/1994
    Event: Boxing, Light-flyweight
    Hometown: Leeds
    International Debut: England v Ireland, 2007
  • 2007, 2008, 2009: National Golden Gloves champion
    2010: Junior ABA National champion
    2010: CYP Junior National champion
    2010 & 2011: Great Britain champion
    2011: European Youth Championships quarter-finalist
    2011: Commonwealth Youth Games gold
    2012: Elite Senior ABA National Light-flyweight champion
    2012: Great Britain Senior Light-flyweight champion
    2012: Senior ABA Boxer of the Year
    2012: World Youth Championships quarter-finalist
    2013: European Championships bronze

I was a student on the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) course which allowed me to combine my training with further education. I achieved a result of triple distinction and was awarded AASE student of the year in both 2011 and 2012. Even though I studied hard, I had my two most successful years as a boxer due to hard work, dedication and commitment.

Bradford College is incredibly supportive and deferment arrangements have been put in place to allow me to continue with my sports coaching degree when my schedule allows. I recognise the importance in continuing my education and am fully committed to gaining a degree alongside my sporting achievements in order for me to fulfil my long term ambition: to work with children in sport, where I hope I can be an inspiration to others, no matter what their background.

I am fully committed to earning a place on the GB team to represent my country at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.

I will focus on proving that I am the best in Great Britain year after year and treat every contest as if it is my Olympic final, be it the regionals of the National ABAs or an international contest. Every win brings me a step closer to achieving my ultimate dream of a podium spot at the Olympic Games. Attending the London games as a training partner for the team in 2012 was an amazing experience and heightened my determination to make it.

"The Sky Scholarship will help me massively and will give me a fantastic platform, to promote not just me, but the sport of boxing. It occasionally receives bad publicity and I believe that with the help of Sky, we can change people's attitudes."

Jack Bateson

London 2012 brought boxing to a much wider audience and I believe I can build on that high level of interest in the sport. I don't fit the boxer stereotype and would like to think I have the understated self-assurance which often differentiates the GB sportsmen and women. I believe these qualities, along with excellent leadership skills contributed to my appointment to captain of the England boxing team at the Commonwealth Youth Games, despite my being the youngest member.

The Sky Scholarship will help me massively and will give me a fantastic platform, to promote not just me, but the sport of boxing. It occasionally receives bad publicity and I believe that with the help of Sky, we can change people's attitudes.

Since being selected for the Scholarship I am even more motivated than before to fulfil my dream of competing in the Olympic Games.

The support from Sky will contribute massively towards improving me both as an athlete and individual by the time the Olympics and Commonwealth games come around. With Sky behind me I will be getting the best possible training, nutrition and treatment to give me the edge over others.