Tammara Thibeault began boxing along with her father when she was simply 9 years previous.
The Montreal native was dwelling in Saskatchewan along with her household as a result of her dad, Patrick Thibeault, was taking part in for the Roughriders.
“He was so quick, and for me, he was like an excellent hero,” Thibeault beforehand advised CBC. “Boxing gave me an opportunity to indicate him I may very well be like him too.”
Thibeault, 24, who turned a first-time Olympian on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, received her begin on the Regina Boxing Membership.
“My father introduced me into the game, and it was one thing I wished to do,” Thibeault advised CBC’s Saskatchewan Weekend host Shauna Powers.
However when girls’s boxing made its Olympic debut in London in 2012, Thibeault knew she might develop into one of many best boxers on the planet.
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“I knew that sometime I used to be going to [the Olympics]. I wished to be there, and I did not understand how or the place, however I knew it was one thing I needed to do,” Thibeault stated.
Fifteen years later, Thibeault’s dream got here true, representing Canada in Tokyo.
She says right this moment her teenage self could be saying “I advised you so.”
“It simply exhibits that tough work does repay and, you understand, it is not over.”
On Friday, Thibeault misplaced to Netherlands’ Noucha Fontijn within the quarter-finals, falling only one win shy of a medal in girls’s middleweight boxing.
“I’m very dissatisfied with the consequence, however I loved the method, so it is not a whole loss,” Thibeault stated.
“It is also a studying expertise for me and I am nonetheless very younger. I’ve quite a lot of time forward of me and I am hungry.”
Thibeault, who took up boxing as a result of her father and brother have been attending a category for enjoyable, has now remodeled her ardour into turning into a world-class athlete.
Except for turning into an Olympic boxer, she gained silver on the 2019 Pan American Video games and bronze in 2018 Commonwealth Video games.
Whatever the titles, Thibeault does not overlook the place her ardour for the game was ignited.
“Despite the fact that boxing is a person sport, there’s an entire group of people that have been by my aspect because the very starting,” Thibeault stated. “And I could not be the place I’m right this moment with out these individuals.”
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