- Publisher: Christian Courier
- Editor: Angela Bick
- Published: June 8, 2015
TORONTO, Ont. – Mandy Bujold is not physically intimidating, but she knows how to stand up for herself. Her slight, 112-lb frame doesn’t worry many people on the street, but in the boxing ring her speed, agility and determination have helped her become Canada’s top female flyweight amateur boxer for eight years running. She’s set her sights on the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Bujold grew up in a Christian home and says her faith helps her boxing. “It helps me stay positive,” says Bujold. “I have little ritual things I do. I always bring my Bible [to the ring], that helps me relax. When I’m preparing and trying to focus, I pray.”
Boxing is one of the sports where public displays of faith are not only allowed, they’re common. Why is that? Bujold can only guess. “Because it’s a one-on-one combat sport, you have to have faith in something or faith that you have protection when you get in the ring.”
Bujold says she commonly sees people praying and reading their Bibles before a match, everywhere she goes. “People will get on one knee in the corner [to pray] before the fight starts. . . . Anything can happen. It’s a high intensity sport and you want to be one hundred percent protected.”
When asked what drew her to boxing, Bujold can’t pinpoint a reason. She admits that she wasn’t much of an athlete in high school and joined a recreational boxing class simply for the workout. That recreational boxing class changed everything. “I had my first competition and [knew] this is absolutely what I wanted to do,” Bujold said. “Started having more competitions and never looked back.”