Spencer heading to Olympics
By MARC GIRARD, QMI Agency
WINDSOR, ONT. - Mary Spencer's long wait is over.
The Wiarton native who's based in Windsor found out today that she is headed to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Spencer received a wildcard berth at the Games on Monday after a call from the International Olympic Committee.
She will now be one of the 12 fighters in the 75kg division.
Spencer and Boxing Canada president Pat Fiacco made the announcement at the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club.
"I'm almost speechless," said Spencer, who is a three-time world champion. "This is a very exciting time. We've been waiting for the news for a while now. It's very good to finally have. I'm just excited to get ready for the Games. I'm very excited to be representing Canada at the Olympics."
Spencer has been waiting for several weeks to see if she would be going there. Despite the distraction looming, Spencer said not much has changed from the usual as she has trained at her normal pace.
"I would say it hasn't affected me it at all," said Spencer. "I've been able to stay focused and that comes a lot from my coach and the people around me. They've helped me stay focused and remain on track. The number one thing was getting back and training for the Olympics. Everything just came together very well."
Spencer's Olympic berth was thrown into question earlier in the year as she dropped a 24-17 decision to Clarisse Shields of the U.S.
Since, Spencer has been working to redeem herself and get into the Olympics, which is holding women's boxing as an official sport for the first time.
"It's like a second chance," said Spencer. "It reminds of when I first started boxing and how it gave me a second chance. I was able to prove myself through boxing. Not I feel like I'm in a position that I never expected to be in but I am and can't wait to make the most and best of the situation."
Over the weekend, Spencer won a two-bout exhibition against German champion Andrea Streamer in Montreal.
The Olympics run from July 27-Aug. 12. The boxing draw starts on July 28, with the 75kg gold medal match on Aug. 11.