Billy Ward (boxer)

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Billy Ward
Personal information
Full name William Ward
Nationality Australian
Born (1993-07-16)16 July 1993
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Died 4 August 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 20)
Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 49 kg (108 lb)
Sport
Sport Boxing
Rated at Light Flyweight
Club Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club

William "Billy" Ward (16 July 1993 − 4 August 2013)[1] was an Australian amateur boxer selected for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the light flyweight division.[2]

Career[edit]

Ward began his sporting career as a gymnast, winning a Queensland junior title in 2004. He switched to boxing in 2006 and the following year won an Australian junior title.

His boxing was curtailed by Ross River Fever in 2008 but he fought on and in 2011 he made the semifinals of the Australian Under 19 championships as a flyweight. The following year, he stepped up to open competition and dropped a weight division to light flyweight. He won both the Australian title and the Oceania Olympic Qualification tournament that year to earn a place at the London Olympic Games.

Personal life and death[edit]

Ward was noted for his short stature and curly red hair. He told the Sydney Morning Herald, most people assume he was a jockey rather than a boxer.[3] The Gladstone Observer reported that when he returned to Gladstone after winning the Oceania qualifier, he was met by a group of fans wearing red curly wigs.[4]

Ward died on 4 August 2013, aged 20, in Gladstone, Queensland,leaving behind a much loved partner and step children whilst shocking many in the Australian boxing community. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tributes flow after Gladstone boxer Billy Ward dies". ABC. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  2. ^ "London 2012 - Billy Ward". London2012.olympics.com.au. 1993-07-16. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  3. ^ "www.smh.com.au - Aussie boxers line up at shot at gold". News.smh.com.au. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  4. ^ 27 Mar 2012 4:51 PM (2012-03-27). "Billy Ward is off to London". Gladstone Observer. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  5. ^ Mary Bolling 5 Aug 2013 7:05 AM (2013-08-05). "Community in shock over death of boxer Billy Ward". Gladstone Observer. Retrieved 2013-08-09.