(JUNE 3) Mandy Bujold is one of the
best amateur boxers in recent years representing Canada at the 51kg
division on the international stage. She has always been a fan of
the sport and got into boxing when she moved to Kitchener, Ontario
Canada. Her initial goal was to get in shape but met boxing coach
Rick Cadilha from the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy and was
eventually compelled to compete.
Cadilha has been Bujold’s coach
since day one. Bujold stated that Cadilha “is a very good motivator
and is always trying to push me to the next level. He continually
pushes me with all the different aspects of training. Everything
always seems to come together before my competitions.”
Finding sparring partners has been a problem for Bujold. Sometimes
it is very easy to find sparring partners while other times it is
extremely difficult. However when it becomes a problem Mandy will
get together with other members of Ontario’s Provincial team and or
Canada’s National team to spar because they are usually training for
the same tournaments.
Bujold commented on her career
highlights and accomplishments thus far; she stated the
following: “Being involved in amateur boxing has given me many
great opportunities through out the last couple years. I have
had the opportunity to travel around the world and do something
that I am passionate about. I have been on the Canadian National
team for 4 years now, once as a junior and three times as a
senior. In 2006, I won the Boxing Ontario female athlete of the
A definite highlight for me would be when I competed at my first
Pan American Championships in Ecuador in the fall of 2007. It
was a great experience and it was my first time to stand on the
podium at an international event. Also in 2007, I was awarded
Canadian rookie boxer of the year as it was my first year on the
senior national team. "
In August 2008, I won the
Ringside tournament held in Missouri, USA and in the same year
claimed my second Pan American championship gold medal. So far
in 2009, I won the Canadian National championships again which
took place in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. I beat out Provincial
champions from Nova Scotia, Quebec and New Brunswick. Next I
competed at a local tournament called the Brampton Cup, however
I only had one opponent to face who was from Ottawa, and her
name was Linda Scotitdis. I won a clear victory on points and
also won the best female boxer of the tournament award.
Next, I travelled to Portugal to compete against the National
Champion Sandra Silva on national television and won the 4 round
bout. Recently, I travelled to Istanbul Turkey, where our team
competed in the Ahmet Comert Cup and won the bronze medal. When
I came home I was nominated for the Kitchener and Waterloo
annual Athlete of the Year award along with eight other great
athletes from the area.
On May 13, I was named the Athlete of the Year winner. Some past
recipients of this award include Lennox Lewis and Scott Stevens
of the National Hockey League. Now I am preparing to go to St.
Petersburg Russia, to compete at an international event that
will take place from July7 to 14th.”
When asked on her opinion about women’s boxing on the
international stage and the possibility of competing at the 2012
Olympic Games in London UK, Bujold stated: “I think women’s
amateur boxing on the international level is doing very well.
Women’s boxing should be included in the 2012 Olympics
especially since the level of competition and ability of female
boxing has grown and I think it would only be fair to let us
compete at the biggest sporting event in the world.”
Bujold has no ambitions to turn
pro as of yet because of her commitment to the amateur program
and the hope of being in the Olympics representing Canada.
In closing, Bujold really wanted
to thank her family, coach Cadilha and everyone who helps her
train for local, national and international competitions.
In addition, Mandy stated that
“So many people in my community have done so much for me and
encourage me all the time. I would also like to say thank you to
my sport therapist, massage therapist, sports psychologist,
training partners and all my sponsors, as well as all of the
people who have supported me up to this point in my boxing
I would like to thank Mandy for taking time out of her busy
schedule for this interview and wish her all the best.