USANA Australia interviewed Australian No.1 boxer, Jason Whateley, to get an insight into the psyche of this truly great athlete. He is an inspiration to so many and has overcome all odds to become the best. He has won back-to-back National 91kg heavyweight titles in 2015 and 2016, placing him into an elite group of Australian athletes. Because of this amazing feat, he has represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as well as the 2013 and 2015 World Boxing Championships.
Name: Jason Whateley
Home location: Ringwood, Victoria
Profession and educational background: Qualified Butcher, Qualified personal trainer and level Boxing coach.
Years in sport of any kind: I have played sport for as long as I can remember.
What got you started: I started Boxing through the football club I was playing Aussie rules football for at the time, which was Lakes Entrance football club. I was asked to represent the football club in the yearly “footy fights” run by the Bairnsdale Boxing club in their annual amateur boxing tournament. I had my first fight against another football player from an opposing football club and won by knock out.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports? That’s easy, it would have to be qualifying and competing for the 2016 Olympic Games.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are key to your success? I take my CellSentials, BiOmega tablets and CoQuinone100 every day to keep my body in good health which is extremely important as an elite athlete, so I can have high levels of energy but also so I don’t fall ill. Basically so I can continually train hard and not miss any training sessions. Number two, would be to train hard and give 100 percent in every training session, especially when I don’t feel like it.
What would be your ultimate achievement? My ultimate achievement would be to win an Olympic gold medal. My shorter term goal is to win Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth games. I also plan on winning a world title as a professional.
How do you set your goals? I set my goals by chasing my dreams and just going after things that I want. I think goals are extremely important as an athlete; you need to be aiming for something.
What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge? My biggest challenge is trying to manage working full time while also training full time. I manage this by working for myself and organising my work around my training schedule which at times includes travelling interstate and overseas and can be quite tricky.
What is your diet like? My Diet is clean when I am in training; I try to consume a large amount of protein and carbohydrates. The protein is important to help my muscles build and also to recover. The Carbohydrates are important to keep my energy levels up during my rigorous training regime. I also make sure to take my CellSentials, CoQuinone100 and BiOmega tablets every morning to keep my body on track for another hard day of training.
What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities? I know the USANA supplements helped me a great deal to qualify for the Olympics while I was in Asia. I kept up my USANA supplements which kept my energy levels high and also my immune system high, while everyone else on the boxing team became very ill I was still healthy and training hard. I truly believe it was the difference between me not getting sick and getting sick right before the most important competition of my life. Number two would be my will and my never-give-up attitude when I am fighting, but also when I am chasing my goals.
Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it? I started taking the right supplements with USANA and found my energy levels were so much better, I was recovering better and I was not getting run down and sick during my training camps, which lead me to train harder and therefore perform better.
What was the best advice you were ever given? I have been given so much great advice over my journey. However, the best advice I would have been given was to take up Boxing. It has made me the person I am today and I wouldn’t have had all the great experiences I’ve had so far.
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by? “Never give up, never surrender”
Where do you draw your inspiration from? I draw inspiration from anyone who works hard to chase their dreams and goals no matter what they are.
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