Boxing champion inducted into school hall of fame

JOHN Paul II Catholic School has officially launched its new hall of fame with the announcement of first inductee, Glenorchy resident, Olympian and Australian featherweight boxing champion, Luke “Action” Jackson.

The hall of fame, which was developed by the school’s current term two school captains Jasper Reilly and Tomas Pears, recognises past students who have achieved great things since leaving the school.

Attending John Paul II Catholic School from 1990 until 1994, Mr Jackson has since gone on to represent Australia in both the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, as well as compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

John Paul II Catholic School principal Fran Bearman said Jasper and Tomas nominated Mr Jackson for the honour after hearing him speak at the school several years ago.

“Luke spoke honestly and with great passion to our students and his message was clear – stay in school and live a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

“Every year at around this time we celebrate the life of Saint John Paul II, after whom the school is named, and so we will use this occasion in the coming years to also induct another past student into the hall of fame.

“We would like to hear about past students of our school who have gone on to achieve great things in areas such as science, education, sports or the arts.

“If you know of someone you feel would be a worthy recipient of this great honour, please don’t hesitate to nominate them.”

To make a nomination, contact Fran Bearman via email at fran.bearman@catholic.tas.edu.au with the name of the person, the years they attended the school (if known) and the reasons they would make a great addition to the Hall of Fame.

Caption: Boxing champion Luke “Action” Jackson with his nephews, from left, Tyler, Connor and Jordan, following his induction into the John Paul II Hall of Fame.

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