Gold medalist at the first women’s boxing match ever held at a major multi-sport competition – Pan Am Games 2011.
After fighting her way to an historic gold medal title at the Pan-American Games in 2011, where women’s boxing was introduced for the first time, Mandy Bujold successfully defended her title in 2015. The gold win in the 2015 Pan-American Games held in her home country – Canada – brought her world ranking to #2 and was a major steppingstone to qualifying for her first Olympic Games in Rio.
Mandy had her eyes set on winning Gold in Rio trained harder than ever before. She changed coaches and moved to Toronto to train with Adrian Teodorescu from Atlas Boxing Club in Toronto who coached Lennox Lewis to his 1988 Olympic gold medal.
Mandy won her first round fight in convincing fashion, making it into the quarter-finals where she was paired up with the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Ren Cancan of China. Then disaster struck when Bujold fell ill the night before her second Olympic bout with severe intestinal issues, losing an estimated two kilograms of fluids that required intravenous treatment. She unhooked an intravenous feed at the hospital and stepped right into the ring without a warm up she didn’t have the energy to complete. Despite all of this, she challenged till the end of the fight, nearly beating Cancan.
True to Mandy’s themes in her much-revered motivational speeches, even when the odds where stacked against her, she still had the courage to step into the ring give all she had.
Parents Roger and Brigitte Bujold. Older brothers Eric and Stephan.
Getting into the Sport:
Started boxing at age 16, saying “My older brother did a bit of boxing before me and that drew me to it as well. When I first started I was not athletic at all, but because it was so challenging it motivated me to keep pushing.”
Mandy is an active Athlete Ambassador for the not-for-profit organization Fast and Female. The organization was founded in 2005 to encourage girls to stay involved in sports throughout their teens by providing “a positive, empowering environment.”
She is a fully certified Level 2 NCCP coach, teaching classes at her local gym and serving as an Athletes Representative on their board. She is an in-demand speaker at youth and community events and is currently a student at the University of Waterloo.
Odds and Ends
Bilingual: Speaks fluent French.
Charity Work: Mandy has continuous involvement with many local charities including the Ronald McDonald House Toronto.