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    Griffin and Highbury, very proud of Mandy Bujold’s success at Pan Am Games


    The Pan Am Games was a huge success for Toronto and the thousands of athletes that came together to play sports on the international stage. One of those athletes was Canada’s own Mandy Bujold. The 28-year-old boxer from Cobourg, now residing in Kitchener, Ontario, didn’t have far to go for her gold medal match. 


    The General Motors Centre in neighboring Oshawa, Ontario hosted the gold medal flyweight match that pitted Bujold against American rival, Marlen Esparza. The tension was palpable inside and out of the ring, as reported by the Toronto Sun: “The fight was excellent and so was the action post-fight with the American not mincing words. Bujold took it all in stride, “Some people are bad losers,”” Bujold said to reporters. “It’s part of the game and when you’re fighting in Canada, you can’t make it a close fight. Just like when I go over there and I fought her in her home town and it was a split decision (for her).”


    Mandy Bujold’s quest for her second Pan Am gold medal started long before her victory on July 25th this year. In 2004, Bujold began recreationally training, and just a few years later, she was winning titles and establishing her name as a fierce boxing competitor. She asserted her dominance in the ring in 2006 when she won the National Championship and the Boxer of the Year title. Her crowning achievement was at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she won the first gold medal ever awarded for Women’s Boxing.


    Being able to defend her title so close to her home at this year’s Pan Am Games was particularly special to Bujold’s heart.


    “To have the opportunity to compete on home soil for such a major Games is very exciting,” Bujold said in a statement to the Toronto Star . “The Pan Am Games in 2011 was one of the best experiences of my career and I am looking forward to creating lasting memories at these Games as well.”


    Her ultimate goal is securing a spot in next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil. Despite the solitude of fighting one-on-one, Bujold is the first to credit her team of supporters, trainers and financial backers behind every win. These partnerships are invaluable to her training and continued success, a lesson Bujold learned the hard way late last year when she incurred the full 3,500 dollar debt to travel to South Korea for a competition . The harsh realities of being an amateur athlete in Canada often include struggle and sacrifice.


    So when Griffin and Highbury , a coloured diamond and fine gemstone dealerbased in Toronto, Canada, offered to sponsor Mandy Bujold earlier this year, it was a welcomed partnership. We are committed to promoting and preserving excellence,” Geoff Black of Griffin and Highbury mentions. “Athletes should be concerned about perfecting their athleticism, not worrying about where they will stay or how they will eat while at competition.”


    With a commitment to providing the best guidance in the diamond and gemstone industry, Griffin and Highbury’s dedication to high quality service extends into their support of amateur sport. “Giving back to the community is important to us. Our support of Canadian athletes is just one of our many community endeavors,” Geoff Black says.


    Griffin and Highbury and Mandy Bujold’s partnershipis leading the way for private sponsors to continue to invest in the athletes of the future. “We support Mandy’s quest for Olympic gold and are determined to provide her the financial support she needs to fulfill her dreams and bring a summer gold back to Canada next year,” Black adds.

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