The 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony is going down this evening and it’s sure to be an action packed time when sports fans are glued to their tubes. This year Women’s Boxing has been added to the Olympic roster, which means that there will be an Aboriginal athlete making the Olympic rounds this year.
Mary Spencer (Ojibway), from Cape Croker First Nation will be competing in women’s middleweight boxing. The first match is August 6, with the semi-finals taking place on August 8 and the finals on August 9. She already is a three time world champion middleweight so she’s already earned her stripes as one to watch.
Already a Covergirl model, Spencer, has also been featured in FASHION Magazine’s Summer 2012 issue, ELLE Canada‘s July issue, in Chatelaine, and on numerous media outlets. I am particularly happy that FASHION Magazine they asked her about her Aboriginal heritage:
You’re Ojibwa and you make a point of speaking to other aboriginal young people.
“I’d be very selfish if I didn’t. I’ve had many role models throughout my life. When I talk to kids, the main thing I like to share is: Whatever your dream is, even if it seems wild and crazy, pursue it. I was a dreamer to walk into a boxing club and think, ‘In a year I’m going to be a champion.’ Nobody discouraged that dream.”
She was only 17 years old when she saw boxers training in a gym and told herself that she would become a Canadian champion in one year. It took her a year and a half. Now that’s dedication. Mary Spencer certainly is a role model for young Aboriginal women, and all young women, to look up to as she has chased her dreams and achieved a great deal already in her young life.