Day 4 of my Olympic audio interview series features a Cobourg-born boxer, who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio…Mandy Bujold.
Mandy, now 33, lived the first few years of her life in Port Hope before her family moved to Moncton, New Brunswick and eventually back to Ontario, settling in Kitchener.
In this interview, we discuss how many got into boxing in Kitchener, learning the sport, why it took her about a year to actually step foot in the ring, the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2012 Olympics despite a number of Canadian championships and other big victories to that point, the feeling of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but also how it didn’t go as planned as she became ill before her quarterfinal bout.
A lot has changed for Mandy since 2016, including getting married and having a baby, so we talk about her comeback to try and qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and how the year delay affects that comeback.
Mandy has won 11 Canadian championships, three Continental championships, two Pan American Games gold medals and a Commonwealth Games bronze.
Click the play button above to listen to the interview.
NOTE: While we wait for local sports to return following the COVID-19 pandemic, a big part of JG Sports Media’s website content will be audio interviews, like this one. Guests will include representatives from local sports organizations as well as other notable guests, many who have ties to this area and even some who don’t.
This Olympic series will run from July 24 until Aug. 9.