Jack Woolley





Class: 58kg

Personal Best

Olympic Ranking: 7

Date Of Birth

September 23, 1998




Jack was pipped, in the final qualifier, for a place in the Rio Olympics when he was just 17 and still in school. He will make history in Tokyo as Ireland’s first Olympian in Taekwondo. In 2019 he won silver at the European Championships and US Open, gold at the Australian and Turkish Opens and was ninth in the World Championships. He qualified for Tokyo particularly early by ranking inside the world’s top six. In 2020 he won the US and Sofia Opens and was fifth in the World Grand Prix final. In 2021 he was fifth at Europeans and 5th at the Sofia Open.



Official Selection For Paris 2024 | Taekwondo

Jack Woolley officially selected to represent Team Ireland in the -58 category in Paris 2024 The Olympic Federation of Ireland has officially selected Jack Woolley to compete in the Men’s -58kg at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. The Tallaght athlete made his Olympic debut in Tokyo, becoming the first Irish athlete to ever [...]

Performance Round Up – March

Catch up on the latest results of Team Ireland athletes throughout the month of March. Jack Woolley Qualifies in Taekwondo For Paris 2024 Three years on from the delayed Tokyo Games, where he became Ireland’s first participant in any Olympic taekwondo event, Woolley has again sealed his place in the 58kg division. Jude Gallagher adds [...]


23 May 2023 The Team Ireland Taekwondo athletes have been named for the European Games in Krakow, Poland next month. Tokyo 2020 Olympian Jack Woolley will compete in the -58kg category, with Leroy Nsilu Dilandu competing in the -74kg event. The two Tallaght athletes have enjoyed podium success in recent months, at GPs around Europe. […]

Jack Woolley, OFI Paris Scholarship Recipient

DESPITE being Irish Taekwondo’s first and only Olympian Jack Woolley always uses the pronoun “we” to describe his remarkable sporting journey. The sole high performance flagbearer for his sport for half a decade deliberately uses the plural to acknowledge the contribution of his parents and coach Robert Taaffe. But now Woolley’s “we” is including the […]

Jack Woolley Inspires 400 Children at the Kids Camps

Over the summer 400 children each week get the Olympic experience as they trial a selection of sports that are on the Olympic programme. The Sport Ireland Campus Kids Camps, in partnership with Allianz Ireland and Team Ireland allows children to dream big, and provides opportunities for them to experience sports that they ordinarily may […]

Paris Scholarship Recipients in Profile

Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics)Rhasidat (who doesn’t turn 20 until August 2022) is from Tallaght and is already blazing a trail for Irish sprinting. In 2018, aged just15, she became the European Youth (U18) 200m champion in Hungary. In 2019 she won double sprint gold at the European Youth Olympics in Baku. In July 2021 she became […]

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