Jack Woolley

IRISH TAEKWONDO

TOKYO OLYMPIAN, 4 TIME EUROPEAN MEDALIST, GRAND PRIX MEDALIST

Jack Woolley is a Dublin based Taekwondo Athlete living in Tallaght. Jack has had a blistering taekwondo career taking the world by storm from a teen age winning major accolades throughout the world winning his first Senior ranking event medal at the US Open while only 16 years of age and placing 5th in the Senior Taekwondo World Championships when still a Junior.

Jack who trains in Tallaght at South Dublin Taekwondo Club is one of the world’s most prolific and decorated taekwondo athletes, with a unique fighting style and aggression which has made him World renowned and revered in taekwondo circles.

In 2016, Jack narrowly missed out on Olympic qualification by one place, winning a bronze meal at the European Olympic qualification event at the age of 17, needing a silver to qualify for Rio. With that Jack set his sights on an automatic qualification for Tokyo which he duly achieved in dramatic fashion at the end of 2019.

In 2017 Jack became Irelands first ever world ranked number 1 taekwondo athlete when he topped the rankings of the – 54kg weight category, before moving up to his current -58kg weight category.

Jack has a staggering collection of world ranking event medals one of only a handful of people in the world with over 60 International ranking medals, from all continents of the world including Golds in USA, Mexico, Australia, Morocco, Russia, Turkey and many other countries.

Jack has been featured in popular TV documentaries ‘Road to Rio’ and ‘Horizon Tokyo’ where his sporting ethic and manner has been applauded by sporting pundits and sports lae people alike.

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IN THE MEDIA

Kellie Harrington pays fellow Olympian Jack Woolley a visit following unprovoked assault in which his ‘top lip came off’
Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington has paid a visit to fellow Olympian Jack Woolley following an unprovoked assault on the Taekwondo maestro last Friday night. Woolley and two other people were set upon on Dublin’s Liffey boardwalk on Friday night. The group involved in the assaults consisted of between eight and 12 people, both male and female. Jack was brought to hospital and required surgery on his face after his “top lip came off” following a punch from someone wearing a ring. “I had to get my lip put back on – I had to get it washed out and the way it was cut, I had a hole in my face, I had to get the front and the back stitched. I’m wearing a plaster now and I’m trying to speak as clearly as possible with it.”
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Olympian Jack Woolley says assault ‘could have been much worse’
Irish Olympian Jack Woolley has said he is recovering from surgery after being assaulted in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. Woolley, who represented Ireland in Taekwondo at the Tokyo Olympics, was hospitalised after an attack which took place on the Grattan Bridge. The Olympian underwent surgery and recounted his ordeal to Morning Ireland in RTÉ Radio 1 this morning. “After a meal and a few drinks with my friends – I haven’t seen them since I came back from Tokyo – I was just walking down the street in Dublin next to the Liffey and turned around to check if they were okay because I heard a bit of noise. When I turned back around to look there was a few people on the road.”
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HORIZON TOKYO

Horizon Tokyo follows 9 athletes on and off the track for 3 years through ecstatic highs and crushing lows as they try to qualify for the Olympic games in Tokyo. With the postponement of the games and athletes coping whatever way they can with the pandemic, this is an inside look at the most turbulent Olympic cycle in modern history.

Get to know the men and women behind the green singlet who will be representing Ireland at the biggest show on earth. The Tokyo Olympics has been a case study in uncertainty. Postponed for the first time ever, and at times it looked unlikely to happen at all.

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Conor McGregor consoles ‘phenomenal athlete’ Jack Woolley after Olympic agony and urges him to ‘keep going’
Conor McGregor was just one of countless Irish people to show their support for distraught Jack Woolley after his Olympic disappointment. The MMA superstar reacted to the Tallaght native’s emotionally charged interview after losing his opening taekwondo bout in heartbreaking fashion. He said: “Excited to see what’s next from this young man! A phenomenal athlete! “Keep going Jack! Come back better! Only the beginning!” The 22-year-old was just pipped in the final seconds by 11th seed Lucas Lautaro Guzman. Woolley – who was seeded sixth – was leading with just five seconds left when he was caught by the Argentine with a decisive strike.
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Jack Woolley looking to make a lasting impression during his one-day stay at the Tokyo Olympics
An Olympics can come at you fast. A lifetime of ambition and effort, four (or, in this case, five) years spent spinning through a Games cycle, and it can all slip seamlessly into the past tense in the time it takes to boil a kettle. Rio in 2016 was just the latest proof of this fleeting life. Ciara Everard’s moment lasted just under two minutes and eight seconds, the Kilkenny woman’s effort in the 800m hampered by a foot injury that had hamstrung her preparations. Brendan Irvine will be hoping his 2020 experience lasts longer than his debut five years ago.
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IN THE MEDIA

Jack Woolley // The Late Late Show

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Jack Woolley // Ireland’s first Taekwondo Olympian

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IN THE MEDIA

Jack Woolley // Taekwondo Highlights

Jack Woolley // Open México 2021

Jack Woolley // USA Open 2020

Jack Woolley // Roma 2019 WT Grand Prix

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