Billy Ward.
Billy Ward. Tom Huntley

Community in shock over death of boxer Billy Ward

THE Gladstone region is in shock after the death of local boxer and teen Olympian Billy Ward on Sunday.

And Australia's boxing community is mourning with them, saying the young man "couldn't see the bright future he had ahead of him".

Australian boxing team captain Luke Jackson confirmed the sad news on Facebook late Sunday night.

"Gutted to get a phone call from the national coach tonight, to tell me.. that one of my team mates and good friends Billy Ward had taken his own life today," Mr Jackson wrote.

"It's such a waste to a young guy who had a bright future ahead of him.

"At 19 and to be an Olympian and such a good person at heart!"

The post attracted hundreds of comments mourning Mr Ward, and Mr Jackson also used the post to remind all friends that "you're never alone and tough times always get better."

Billy Ward was born in Bundaberg, but attended Miriam Vale and Yarwun primary schools, and Gladstone State High School, before competing in the London 2012 Olympics.

He turned 20 just last month.

Anyone struggling with personal issues should call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Billy Ward returns to Gladstone from the London 2012 Olympics.
Billy Ward returns to Gladstone from the London 2012 Olympics. Tom Huntley


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