Tammara Thibeault

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

ELITE (Men & Women)


Boxing Canada is proud to nominate the seven boxers who will represent Canada as they step into the ring at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018



56 Kg Eric Basran
64 Kg Thomas Blumenfeld
81 Kg Harley-David O’Reilly


51 Kg Mandy Bujold
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin
60 Kg Caroline Veyre
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault
The draw will be known on April 4th and the boxing tournament will be held over ten days of competition from April 5-14.


Read the full Team announcement HERE

Tough first round for Team Canada at the 2018 Strandja Tournament

Regrouping a total of 236 world-class boxers, the 69th International Boxing Tournament "Strandja 18" kicked off on February 19th and all three Canadian boxers were scheduled to step into the ring during the first two days of competition. Although the Canadian delegation cumulated defeats during the preliminary round of the tournament, it was a great experience for the team as they will now shift their preparation towards important competitions, the Canadian Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
Here's a recap of our boxers' performance in Bulgaria:

91 Kg Bryan Colwell

Bryan was the first Canadian to make his debut in the competition, which was also his first participation in an International tournament as part of Team Canada. For his first bout, the Canadian pugilist was opposing local boxer Ivan Mechkov. Despite giving his all in the ring, Bryan lost a 4-1 split decision to the Bulgarian boxer.
"It is not the result I was looking for in my first foray into international competition, but it is still an incredible experience. My opponent was a talented fighter and I was honoured to share the ring with him. I know when we meet again the result will be different. I have had a ton of fun and learned a lot with this trip. I look forward to getting home and getting back to work with my coaches and teammates to improve my boxing." said Bryan after his defeat.
Bryan will now focus on getting ready for the 2018 Canadian Championships taking place in Edmonton, Alberta March 27 - April 1.

57 Kg Sabrina Aubin

Ranked 22nd in the world, Sabrina stepped into the ring on the second day of competition against Lacramiora Lenuta Perijoc from Roumania. However, despite a great preparation prior to the tournament, she was unable to claim the victory and lost a unanimous decision to her opponent.
"On my part, I gave a great fight where I applied elements I had worked on in the gym. I take back a lot of positive points from this bout and a few points to work on naturally. My opponent had a lot of experience, but less techniques. She was physical and aggressive while keeping a good distance. It's the volume of punches she gave that made the difference in the outcome. I was more technical and clean, but less active when working on the inside. Overall, this bout gives me a clear picture of the things I need to work on!" said Sabrina after her bout.
Sabrina will now focus on putting the final touches on her preparation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia taking place April 4 - 15.

75 Kg Tammara Thibeault

Tammara was the last Canadian to enter the tournament after a tough draw, where she was scheduled to face Li Quian from China (ranked 3rd in the world) during her first bout. Indeed, the Chinese boxer won Bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as Silver at the 2014 World Championships. Ranked 17th in the world after winning the 2017 Continental Championships, Tammara had her work cut out ahead of the fight and lost a 4-0 decision to her opponent.
"Despite a difficult draw, I offered a great performance and lost a split decision to an excellent boxer. It was a difficult bout; I gave my all and I am proud of the obstacles I had to overcome in the ring. I started off strong in the first round and I dominated. The second round was closer and in the final round, I was missing a little something. This bout is exactly what I needed to advance my boxing career. I've learned a lot and I've rediscovered a pleasure I hadn't felt in a long time after exiting the ring." said Tammara Thibeault. "My teammates Sabrina and Bryan also performed very well and everyone had tough opponents. It was a extremely tough tournament with world-class boxers and despite the defeats, we gave everything we had in the ring."
Tammara will also shift her focus to her preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

2018 Strandja Tournament




57 Kg Sabrina Aubin

75 Kg Tammara Thibeault

91 Kg Bryan Colwell



Live streaming will be available on Bulgaria Boxing Federation Youtube Channel:




DAY 1   

DAY 2  






3 Canadians are heading to Bulgaria for the 2018 Strandja Tournament

Three National Team boxers are currently on their way to Bulgaria to take part in the 69th International Boxing Tournament "Strandja '18". Organized by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation, the competition will take place from February 19th to the 25th and will regroup over 250 boxers from across the globe. 
Here are the Canadian boxers who will take part in the competition:
57Kg Sabrina Aubin
75Kg Tammara Thibeault
91 Kg Bryan Colwell
The official draw is scheduled on Monday February 19th and the competition will kick off on the same day. To follow the progress of our athletes, visit our Event Web page where information will be updated daily. 

Boxing Canada Nominates Seven Boxers to 2018 Commonwealth Games Team

Montreal – December 12th, 2017.  Boxing Canada is proud to nominate the seven boxers who will represent Canada as they step into the ring at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018. The dynamic group composed of three men and four women will set their sight on the podium come April.


The draw will be known on April 4th and the boxing tournament will be held over ten days of competition from April 5-14 at Oxenford Studios, film studio and home to Hollywood blockbusters. The Canadian boxing delegation will field a stellar roster which combines veteran leadership and youthful pugilists. In addition, it will be the first multi-sports Games environment for five boxers on the team.


The Canadian boxers nominated to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team are:


56 Kg    Eric Basran (Montreal, QC)
64 Kg    Thomas Blumenfeld (Montreal, QC)
81 Kg    Harley-David O’Reilly (Montreal, QC)


51 Kg    Mandy Bujold (Kitchener, ON)
57 Kg    Sabrina Aubin (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC)
60 Kg    Caroline Veyre (Montreal, QC)
75 Kg    Tammara Thibeault (Montreal, QC)
“It’s truly an honour and a privilege to have been nominated to the Commonwealth Games. After years of hard work and sacrifices, I’m fulfilling one of my biggest dreams - to represent my country in Olympic-style boxing at a major Games.” said Harley-David O’Reilly. “I am confident that we will obtain great performances with this amazing team and that each athlete has the potential to medal.”


The vigorous team of Canadian boxers will be led by Olympian Mandy Bujold, who will attend the Commonwealth Games for the second time after winning bronze at Glasgow in 2014. The selected athletes have showcased themselves against world-class boxers in the last few months and Boxing Canada is confident that they will offer great chances to contribute to Canada’s medal count.


“It was a very difficult decision to select our team with the great number of boxers striving to represent Canada on the international stage. Our team, for the most part, is new as we start the pathway to Tokyo 2020.” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s President. “Even though this team has limited international experience, each athlete is more than capable of winning medals and we see improvements every time they step in the ring. Mandy’s leadership will certainly elevate the team’s performance!”


A last training camp will take place at Smithy’s Gym in Toowoomba, Australia to put the final touches on their preparation and to acclimatize to the time difference. National Team coach João Carlos Barros and High Performance Director Daniel Trépanier will be leading the team in and out of the ring.


Historically, Boxing Canada has performed very well at the Commonwealth Games. At Glasgow 2014, the Canadian delegation claimed three medals with Samir El Mais (81Kg – gold), Ariane Fortin (75Kg – silver) and Mandy Bujold (51Kg – bronze).


"Boxing is always an exciting sport to watch and I look forward to welcoming and supporting the seven men and women nominated today by Boxing Canada to the 2018 Commonwealth Games," said Chef de Mission Claire Carver-Dias." With their triple-medal performance at the last Games, I know that they will be a podium threat once again next April."


The entire Canadian Team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in March 2018.


The 2018 Games will take place April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia, with 70 participating countries and over 4000 athletes taking part.


Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.



Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of Olympic boxing in the country recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee. The goal of Boxing Canada is to promote, organize and coordinate the sport of Boxing for the advancement of the sport and its members of all levels and ages. The organization’s vision is to inspire Canadians to make Olympic boxing a major sport and physical activity while striving towards Canada being a dominant nation internationally. For more information, visit www.boxingcanada.org.

5 medals for Team Canada at the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

The third edition of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan" came to an end on Sunday and the Canadian delegation left its mark, claiming a total of five medals! Indeed, it's a great improvement compared to last year performance as Bianca Paquin (51Kg) was the sole Canadian to step onto the podium.

This year, Caroline Veyre (60Kg) and Marija Curran (81Kg) both reached the finales on Sunday in the hopes to climb on the highest step of the podium. Here's a recap of the final day of competition:


During the 60Kg final, Caroline Veyre faced the Brazilian Beatriz Jasmin Sonny Ferreira in a much anticipated bout. Indeed, the final was the perfect occasion for a rematch as Ferreira had won gold by a split decision of 4-1 against Veyre at the Continental Championships back in June.

However, after three intense rounds, it's the hand of the Brazilian that was once again raised following a unanimous win (5-0). Caroline Veyre wins the Silver medal after an impressive tournament.

As for Marija Curran, she was facing the #9 in the world, Liubov Iusupov, her second Russian opponent of the tournament after defeating Viktoria Krylova in semifinals.

Despite a deducted point and three judges allocating an equal score, Marija Curran won by a 3-2 split decision and was crowned champion in the 81Kg weight category!  "I'm delighted to have won the Balkan Cup, but having the opportunity to represent Canada while doing what I love is definitely the best part of this experience. While I wish I could've fought a variety of countries, I was pleased to compete against two Russians. Anyone who has glanced at a history book knows they're tough and we were there for good fights." mentioned Marija Curran upon her return to Canada.

As for Christian Zelenco (Youth, 48Kg), Charlie Cavanagh (Youth, 69Kg) and Sabrina Aubin (57Kg), they all claimed Bronze in their respective division after being defeated in semifinals.

Congratulations to all Canadian boxers for their great performance throughout the tournament!

Ups and Downs for Team Canada during quarterfinals of the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

Six Canadians were featured on today's card for the quarterfinals of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan", including two boxers (51Ks Sara Haghighat-Joo and 60Kg Caroline Veyre) who had advanced in their respective category after convincing wins on the first day. Unfortunately, only two out of these six will move on to semifinals. Here's a recap of the bouts:

Youth boxer Katiushka Vasquez-Soto was the first Canadian to step into the ring early this morning as she was facing Zhuldyz Toikova from Kazakhstan. While Katiushka gave her all in the ring, she lost by unanimous decision against her more experienced opponent.

During the afternoon session, three more Canadians were competing in the hopes to reach the medals' round. After beating India by unanimous decision yesterday, Sara Haghighat-Joo faced local boxer Gabriela Dimitrova. However, despite a tough fight, Sara came on the wrong side of a split decision and lost 2-3 against the 51 Kg Bulgarian boxer.

After obtaining a bye in the first round of the competition, it was 57Kg Sabrina Aubin's turn to step into the ring against Linda Larsson. Although her Swedish opponent was much taller than her, Sabrina dominated the bout and won by unanimous decision. A great way to celebrate her birthday! 


Ranked 3rd in the world in the 64 Kg weight category, Sara Kali made her debut in the competition today against Jyoti from India. However, the decision didn't go as planned for Sara and she lost a 4-1 split decision. "Going into the ring, I felt confidant and I was ready to give my all as always. Despite a decision that didn't go my way, my performance still shows that I'm part of the boxing Elite and I will go back to the gym determined to work on some key aspects of my boxing." said Sara after her bout.

During the evening session, Caroline Veyre opposed Flora Pili from France. Although it was her 2nd bout of the competition in as many days, Caroline showed no sign of fatigue and won by unanimous decision (5 - 0). Caroline will be back in the ring tomorrow for the third day in a row against Vietnam.

Tammara Thibeault was the last bout of the day and she opposed Iaroslava Iakushina, who's currently ranked #9 in the world. Despite her height advantage, Tammara lost by split decision (4-1) against the Russian boxer.

Overall, Team Canada had some ups and downs during the second day of competition, with 2 wins and 4 losses. Caroline Veyre and Sabrina Aubin will join 3 more Canadian boxers tomorrow for the semifinals. Let's cheer for our 5 Canadian athletes as they will fight for a chance to reach the finals of the tournament:


Session 6 (morning)

  • Youth 48Kg Christian Zelenco (CAN) vs Emi-Mari Todorova (BUL)
  • Youth 69Kg Charlie Cavanagh (CAN) vs Patricia Budai (POL)

Session 8 (evening)

  • Elite 57Kg Sabrina Aubin (CAN) vs Pwilao Basumatary (IND)
  • Elite 60Kg Caroline Veyre (CAN) vs Tuten Neuyen Thi (VIE)
  • Elite 81Kg Marija Curran (CAN) vs Viktoria Krylova (RUS)

To see the results of the draw, you can visit our Event Web page for more information (schedule, results, and link for live streaming).

Two victories for Team Canada on the 1st day of the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

The 3rd edition of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan" officially kicked off today in Sofia, Bulagaria and nine Canadians made the trip to represent their country. Following the draw, two boxers from the Elite National Team were on the card on the first day of competition: Caroline Veyre and Sara Haghighat-Joo.

Caroline Veyre was the first Canadian to step into the ring and she won 4-0 against the American Rashida Ellis during her opening bout. Caroline will be back tomorrow against France. Sara Haghighat-Joo, who usually competes at 54 Kg, made her debut in the competition at 51 Kg against  Poonam Bisht from India. She easily won by unanimous decision and will also be back in the ring tomorrow against Bulgaria, the host country of the tournament.

In addition to Caroline Veyre and Sara Haghighat-Joo, four more Canadians will be on tomorrow's cards over the course of three sessions:

Session 3 (morning)

Youth 60Kg Katiushka Vasquez (CAN) vs Zhuldyz Toikova (KAZ)

Session 4 (afternoon)

Elite 51 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo (CAN) vs Gabriela Dimitrova (BUL)

Elite 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin (CAN) vs Linda Larsson (SWE)

Elite 64 Kg Sara Kali (CAN) vs Jyoti (IND)

Session 5 (evening)

Elite 60 Kg Caroline Veyre (CAN) vs Flora Pili (FRA)

Elite 75 Kg Tammara Thibeault (CAN) vs Iaroslava Iakushina (RUS)


To see the results of the draw, you can visit our Event Web page for more information (schedule, results, and link for live streaming).


International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”



ELITE51 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo, 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin, 60 Kg Caroline Veyre, 64 Kg Sara Kali, 75 Kg Tammara Thibeault, 81 Kg Marija Curran


YOUTH51 Kg Christian Zelenco, 60 Kg Katiushka Vasquez-Soto, 69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh


SUPPORT TEAM: João Carlos Barros, Jill Perry and Sylvain Gagnon (coaches), Robert Schinke (sport psychologist), Jean-Paul Raphaël (therapist), Ève Crépeau (nutritionist) and Lyla Simon (R&J)



Gold: Elite 81 kg Marija Curran
Silver: Elite 60 Kg Caroline Veyre
Bronze: Elite 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin, Youth 51 Kg Christian Zelenco and Youth 69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh



DAY 1     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 1   //   Session 2
DAY 2     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 3   //   Session 4   //   Session 5
DAY 3     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 6   //   Session 7   //   Session 8  //  Session 9
DAY 4     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 10 (Youth finals)
DAY 5     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 11 (Elite finals)




       51 Kg
       57 Kg
       60 Kg
       64 Kg
       75 Kg
       81 Kg
48 Kg
60 Kg
69 Kg



10 female boxers will participate in the 3rd edition of the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

For the third edition of the International Boxing Tournament ”Balkan”, Boxing Canada is proud to announce the female boxers who will participate in the competition that will take place October 18th – 22nd in Sofia, Bulgaria. Organized by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation, this women boxing tournament regroups Youth and Elite boxers. Here are the ten Canadians who will compete:


54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin
60 Kg Caroline Veyre
64 Kg Sara Kali
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault
81 Kg Marija Curran


51 Kg Christian Zelenco
57 Kg Stéphanie Thibault
60 Kg Katiushka Vasquez-Soto
69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh
The Canadian delegation will be accompanied by coaches João Carlos Barros and Jill Perry, along with Robert Schinke (sport psychologist), Jean-Paul Raphaël (therapist) and Ève Crépeau (nutritionist).  Moreover, AIBA 1-Star official Lyla Simon will also partake in the competition as a Canadian referee and judges.


“This tournament will be a great opportunity for the Youth boxers to watch and learn from the more experienced Elite boxers.” affirms Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director. “It will be the first competition for the Women’s National Team since their success at the Continentals and I am confident that our boxers are well-prepared coming into this tournament.” Indeed, back in June, all seven women who participated in the AMBC Continental Championships in Honduras made it all the way into the finals, which unprecedented!


The general weigh in and the official draw will take place on October 18th, 2017. Although the competition will not be available on live streaming, you can follow our boxers’ progression on our WEB PAGE for the event as well as our social media platforms (FACEBOOK PAGE  &  TWITTER) as information will be updated throughout the tournament.