Canadian Boxing Team – Tokyo 2020

Mandy Bujold
51 Kg
Caroline Veyre
57 kg
Myriam Da Silva
69 kg
Tammara Thibeault
75 kg
Wyatt Sanford
69 kg

51 Kg

Mandy Bujold

Club: Destiny Boxing
Coach: Syd Vanderpool
Date of birth: July 25th, 1987
Birthplace: Cobourg, Ontario
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Height: 160cm (5’2″)
Weight category : 51 kg
Stance: Orthodox

NOTABLE RESULTS

2020 BOCSKAI MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT | BRONZE
2019 CANADIAN QUALIFICATION WINNER
2019 INTERNATIONAL BALKAN TOURNAMENT | SILVER
2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | SILVER
2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES | TOP 5
2016 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2015 & 2011 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES | BRONZE

BIOGRAPHY

Mandy Bujold’s interest towards boxing started when she lived in Moncton. Her parents bought a punching bag and two sets of boxing gloves in the hopes that her brothers would hit the bag instead of each other, but Mandy decided to give it a try out of curiosity and rapidly began to enjoy boxing. When her family later moved to Kitchener, Ontario, she followed her brothers’ footsteps and joined the local boxing club as a way to get in shape. Boxing quickly became her passion!

 

Her Olympic dream began after she won her junior national title in 2006. That result gave her the drive to be the best and make the national team. One year later, she was the Elite national champion and also won the American Continental Championships, her first of three victories at the event. Mandy made her debut at the AIBA’s Women World Championships in 2008 and has competed at each edition of the global competition since, recording her best result in 2014 when she finished in the top eight after a quarterfinal loss to eventual silver medalist Lisa Whiteside of England.

 

Mandy’s career highlight is winning Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, the first time women’s boxing was included in the multi-sport competition. She also earned another multi-sport medal in 2014 when she won Bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Now a nine-time national champion, Mandy successfully defended her Pan American title in Toronto in 2015, defeating American world #1 Marlen Esparza in final. Mandy went to earn her Olympic berth with a gold medal at the American Continental Qualifier that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 2016. At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Mandy finished Top 5 after a loss incurred in quarterfinals.

 

Beyond her career as an athlete, Mandy has been recognized by Waterloo Region as a Woman of Influence and named KW Citizen of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the community. In 2018, Mandy brought her passion for the community and boxing together as she founded a white collar charity boxing event called Champions for Charity. She is also a new mom to Kate Olympia (“KO”).

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  Bujold
FAVORITE MOTTO : ”If you can see it, you can create it. If you can feel it, you can perform it. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW & MOVIE : Mindy Project and Girlfight
FAVORITE MUSIC : RnB
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Oatmeal and rice crackers with peanut butter
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Running and hiking
PLACE TO VISIT: French Polynesia
FUN FACT THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER: She boxed in the very first fight to ever take place at a major Games at the 2011 Pan Am Games.
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Live a passionate and well-balanced life

 

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57 kg

Caroline Veyre

Club: INS Québec (National Training Centre)
Date of birth: October 4th, 1988
Birthplace: Paris, France
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 167cm (5’5″)
Weight category: 57 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2019 CANADIAN QUALIFICATION WINNER
2019 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
AIBA WORLD RANKING (60 kg): #6
2019 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S BOXING TOURNAMENT “BALKAN” | SILVER
2019 GOLDEN GIRLS | GOLD BEST ELITE BOXER & BEST TECHNICAL BOXER AWARDS
2018 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | TOP 8
2018 SILESIAN WOMEN’S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP | BRONZE
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAM MEMBER
2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | SILVER
2015 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2014 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS |BRONZE
2013 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE

BIOGRAPHY

Originally from Paris, Caroline Veyre immigrated to Canada in 2003 after visiting the country a few years earlier as her mother came to Montreal for cancer treatment. She first started boxing when she was 18 years old. Throughout her teenage years, boxing allowed her to grow as a person and gain confidence as she had difficulties to express herself at the time. According to her, sports enables you to develop great qualities that you can apply to all aspects of your life, such as discipline, sense of organization, determination, confidence, perseverance and optimism in order to tackle life and forge ahead! 

 

During her very first Canadian championships in 2009, Caroline earned the bronze medal and grabbed the silver medal at 2012 edition of the same championships. In 2013-2014, she won the National title for two consecutive years. During the same year, she also participated in her first Continental Championships where she claimed the bronze medal and also repeated her performance the following year. One of her career highlight occurred when she grabbed the gold medal during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Caroline also obtained her bachelor degree in translation. She plans to continue boxing for a few more years. Her dream is to participate in the Olympic Games and earn a medal. In the next few years, she would like to open her own boxing gym and become a coach.

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE MOTTO :  ”It is difficult to beat someone that never quits.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW : Friends
FAMILY : She has a twin sister
FAVORITE MUSIC : Latin music
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken pasta
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Playing pool and poker
PLACE TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : Brazil
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Be an Olympian champion

 

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69 kg

Myriam Da Silva

Club: INS Quebec (National Training Centre)
Date of birth: April 15, 1984
Birthplace: Chambly, Quebec
Hometown: Chambly, Quebec
Height: 178cm (5’8″)
Weight category :69 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2019 CANADIAN QUALIFICATION WINNER
AIBA WORLD RANKING: #7
2019 PAN AM GAMES | SILVER
2019 PAN AM GAMES QUALIFIERS | TOP 8
2018 AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | TOP 8
2018 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP | GOLD
2016 BALKAN TOURNAMENT | BRONZE
2014 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP GUADALAJARA, MEXICO | SILVER

BIOGRAPHY

Myriam Da Silva started her athletic career in soccer. She was 10 years old when she signed up for soccer practice and by age 12, she was an elite player. She played soccer for a decade and had intentions of making the national Olympic team. Unfortunately, this was not possible due to some injuries. She wanted to change sports and signed up for a cardio-boxing class in her university. She immediately grew a liking for it, because it demanded a high level of concentration. Randomly, a boxing trainer walked into the store where she was working at the time to shop and asked her if she ever considered trying competitive boxing. At first, Myriam was hesitant. After two weeks of contemplating, she signed up at a boxing club and six months later, she made her in-ring debut.

 

In the beginning, boxing attracted her because of its intensity, which is something her ego needs. Also, her mother was always proud of women who accomplished unexpected things. In a newspaper, they found her current boxing coach, Danielle Bouchard, which they found to be a role model. She became serious about boxing but did not tell her parents in the beginning. She told her parents after her first Silver Gloves competition. Her love for boxing was growing at a rapid pace as aspects such as concentration, physical performance, tactics, and techniques made her want to improve. For Myriam, boxing is not a violent sport. It’s about discipline and that is what she instills to the young boxers.

 

Da Silva sees herself becoming an elite boxer and her dream is to compete in the Olympics. In addition to her boxing ambitions, she also has a Bachelor’s degree in school and social adaptation from UQAM.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  Mymy and Godzi
FAVORITE TV SHOW & MOVIE : Movies with inspiring stories
FAVORITE MUSIC : It depends on the mood
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Bagel with eggs and fruits
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Running, functional training, activities that take you out of your comfort zone
PLACE TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : Too many places to list them all!

 

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75 kg

Tammara Thibeault

Club: INS Québec (National Training Centre)
Date of birth: December 27th, 1996
Birthplace: St-Georges, Quebec
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 183cm (6′)
Weight category: 75 kg
Stance: Southpaw

 


NOTABLE RESULTS

2019 AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | BRONZE
2019 PAN AM GAMES | SILVER
2019 PAN AM GAMES QUALIFIERS | GOLD
2019 COPA INDEPENDENCIA | GOLD 
2018 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | TOP 8
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES | BRONZE
2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION

BIOGRAPHY

Tammara Thibeault was only 10 years old when she started boxing. Originally, it was an activity that her older brother and father were doing together for fun, but eventually, she ended up going with them on a regular basis. When her brother quit the sport, she stuck to it and never looked back since! At first, she wanted to try boxing because her father is her greatest source of inspiration and she wanted to be just like him. Over the years, she developed a true passion for the sport. She wasn’t very good at other sport and for once, she was told she had potential for her chosen combat sport, which motivated her to become the best she could be. Boxing has taught her the importance of patience, perseverance and dedication. For a long time, the boxing club was the only place where she felt comfortable enough to truly be herself, hence helping her build her confidence while growing up.

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Tammara obtained her CEGEP degree and she is currently completing her Bachelor in Linguistics as well as two minors in Mandarin and Spanish. Afterwards, she will pursue her Masters in Business and Administration.

 

She doesn’t know exactly where she will be in ten years from now, but if she could choose her future, she pictures herself traveling around the world discovering different cultures, languages and taking every opportunity that present itself. She would love to teach English, French or even Spanish in another country, preferably somewhere warm by the beach! She would also like to give back to the community and help more deprived communities in South America.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  Tamm
FAVORITE TV SHOWS : Once upon a Time, Games of thrones, Fresh prince of Bel-Air
FAVORITE MUSIC : Reggeaton, Dancehall, RnB, Hip Hop
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken, vegetables and rice
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Reading, writing, dancing, running
PLACES TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Spain, Greece
FUN FACT THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER : I can sing!
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to start my own international corporation

 

 

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69 kg

Wyatt Sanford

Club: INS Québec (National Training Centre)
Date of birth: November 3rd, 1998
Birthplace: Kennetcook, Nova Scotia
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 175cm (5’9″)
Weight category : 69 kg
Boxing stance: Southpaw

NOTABLE RESULTS

2019 CANADIAN QUALIFICATION WINNER
2018 CANADIAN CHAMPION | GOLD
2017 RINGSIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2017 HARINGEY BOX CUP | GOLD
2015 KING OF THE RING | GOLD

BIOGRAPHY

Wyatt Sanford’s interest towards boxing started at the age of 11. At the time, his best friend wanted to try a new sport. Wyatt decided to go to the boxing club with him and he has loved the sport ever since!

 

The skills and strategy required in boxing are some of the aspects that Wyatt enjoys about his sport. One wrong move or a second too late can make all the difference! He also loves to travel for his sport, meet new friends along the way and hear stories from his coach and other athletes in the gym. Within the next ten years, Wyatt would like to represent Canada at all Major Games, including the Olympics

 

Beyond his career as an athlete, Wyatt completed his High School diploma a year earlier than most and has started a double major in Criminology and Psychology at St. Mary’s University.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  Sandman
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Friends
FAVORITE MUSIC : Country music
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken wrap
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Hunting and fishing
PLACE TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Japan and Russia
FUN FACT THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM: I play the guitar
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Box for as long as I am able to and then become a RCMP officer

 

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