Everything on Tammara Thibeault, Paris Olympics 2024 Team Canada Boxing

Tammara Thibeault, 27, is a Canadian boxer competing in the Middleweight category. Thibeault had earned the middleweight bronze in 2019 before going on to win the 2022 World Championship in Istanbul.

Thibeault improved her bronze from the 2019 Pan American Games to win gold at the 2023 Pan American Games, making her the current Pan American Games champion. She is also qualified for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Tammara Thibeault qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024

Tammara Thibeault, a 26-year-old boxer from Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada, has secured her spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics. At the Pan American Games on Thursday in Santiago, Chile, she defeated Mexico’s Citlalli Ortiz with a 5-0 points decision in the 75-kilogram semifinal match. This victory not only qualifies Thibeault for the 2024 Paris Olympics but also advances her to the championship bout on Friday.

In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Thibeault narrowly missed becoming Canada’s first-ever Olympic medalist in women’s boxing when she lost in the quarterfinals. At the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, she initially won the bronze medal but was later upgraded to silver after her opponent was caught using prohibited substances.

“In 2019, I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth, but this time around, I am ready and determined to overcome any obstacle to perform at my best and secure a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Thibeault expressed her determination to the Boxing Canada organization, stating

Tammara Thibeault’s Early Years as Mixed Ethnic Girl

Tammara Thibeault, also known as Tamm, was born on December 27, 1996, in St-Georges, Quebec, Canada. She was born to mixed-ethnic parents, her mother is black while her father is white. She often posts about her ethnicity and how her family raised her while being connected with two different communities.

Tammara Thibeault Parents
Image: Tammara Thibeault with her parents (Source: Tammara’s Instagram)

Her hometown is Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and she is a member of the INS Québec (National Training Centre) club. She is close to her father, and she often posts about him, in such posts she praises him as “The man behind my success has been and will always be my father”. Thibeault said that he has shown her to be strong in the face of adversity.

She is a tall woman, standing at 6 feet (183 cm) and weighing 165 pounds (75 kg). Her hobbies include reading, writing, dancing, and running.

Thibeault started boxing after watching her older brother and father do it together as fun

Thibeault started boxing at the young age of 10 years old. At first, it was an activity that her older brother and father did together for fun, but eventually, she joined them regularly.

People told her that she had potential in the combat sport she had chosen, which motivated her to become the best boxer she could be. Boxing taught her the importance of patience, perseverance, and dedication. For a long time, the boxing club was the only place where she felt comfortable.

In 2012, women’s boxing became an Olympic sport. By that time, Thibeault had already been boxing for a few years. She looked up to Mary Spencer, who was the first Canadian woman to box at the Olympics in Thibeault’s weight class.

Seeing Spencer, a young Canadian woman, at the Olympics inspired Thibeault to chase her own dream of becoming an Olympic champion boxer.

In 2017, at her first major senior-level event, Thibeault won the gold medal at the Pan American Championships held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The following year in 2018, she won the bronze medal in the middleweight category at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. That same year, she also reached the quarterfinals in the 75kg weight class at the Women’s World Boxing Championships.

In 2019 at the Pan American Games, Thibeault originally won the bronze medal in the middleweight event. However, she was later upgraded to the silver medal after the gold medalist had their medal taken away for breaking doping rules. Additionally in 2019, Thibeault won a bronze medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

Tammara Thibeault Tokyo Olympics 2020 and Paris Olympics 2024

In 2020, Thibeault qualified for what was originally scheduled as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, the one-year postponement of the event was a stressful experience for her.

“The fact that the Olympics got postponed for a year was kind of crazy.”

She said

Since her quarterfinal loss at the Tokyo Olympics, the left-handed fighter has not lost a single bout, maintaining an undefeated streak for over two years.

In April 2022, Thibeault won the gold medal at the Pan American Championships held in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This was her second time winning gold at this tournament. She defeated Panama’s Atheyna Bylon by a unanimous decision to claim the gold medal.

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The following month, at the 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, Thibeault went on to win the gold medal in the middleweight category by once again beating Atheyna Bylon from Panama, this time with a 4-1 decision. Since the Olympics, she has also won gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and two other continental championships.

In 2023, Thibeault entered the Pan American Games with two main goals: qualifying for the Olympics and winning the gold medal. She accomplished both, winning every fight either by the referee stopping the contest or by unanimous decision from the judges. In addition to her sporting success, she also earned her bachelor’s degree in urban studies in 2023 from Concordia University.