Billy Ward (boxer)
|Full name||William Ward|
16 July 1993|
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
|Died||4 August 2013
Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||49 kg (108 lb)|
|Rated at||Light Flyweight|
|Club||Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club|
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
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. 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.
- "Tributes flow after Gladstone boxer Billy Ward dies". ABC. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
- "London 2012 - Billy Ward". London2012.olympics.com.au. 1993-07-16. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
- "www.smh.com.au - Aussie boxers line up at shot at gold". News.smh.com.au. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
- 27 Mar 2012 4:51 PM (2012-03-27). "Billy Ward is off to London". Gladstone Observer. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
- 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.