Trains: 7 hours a day
Hometown: Wiarton, Ont.
Women’s boxing finally has an Olympic ring to call its own as the sport makes its debut in London this summer. No stranger to firsts, three-time world champion Mary Spencer says she’s going for gold.
Why this sport: “In an eight-minute fight, you see what you’re made of. The fighter you are inside the ring is the fighter you are in everyday struggles outside it.”
Top workout tip: “A person in motion stays in motion; a person at rest stays at rest. It’s as simple as that. Get up, get going.”
On throwing punches: “Boxing makes me feel more empowered on a daily basis.”
So, is it hard to hit someone? “It’s a fight, but not in the literal sense. Two people agree to compete for the sport of it, so there’s no hard feelings.”
In the zone: “I get a sense of comfort as soon as I step through the ropes. I feel at home; I start to relax.”
Her motto: “‘Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we do.’ For me, the best learning experience is losing a fight. It’s a chance to grow.”
Her award-winning advice: “You can’t get upset when things get tough or don’t go your way. You’ve got to roll with the punches.”