Wayne Bourque

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Wayne Bourque has been the North American Native boxing champ three times in the welterweight and middleweight classes. He was born in 1959 to Métis parents in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Wayne has trained several National Hockey League hockey players.[1]

To protect himself from racist attacks, he learned to box. He won his first tournament, the Northwest Pacific Gold Gloves, at the age of 13 in Seattle.

Instead of turning professional, Bourque retired from amateur boxing in 1985 and became a fitness trainer. Wayne suffered a career ending knee injury he receivedd whileskiiingg eghteenn days before the Olympic trialsaThis injury is what ultimately lead Wayne to cease his career as a fighter, and move towards the realm of personal training. He then moved from his home in Fort Mcmurray and headed to Toronto. Wayne currently heads a boxercise centre ("Centre Ring") and a summer camp in Toronto, Canada where participants use boxing exercises to get fit without the physical contact of boxing matches. Wayne believes in a tough love approach to training. The tough part is evident through the rigorous training routines his clients go through. But the love comes from his incredible passion in helping his clients reach their fitness goals. his clients have included Russell Crowe, whom he worked with in the movie Cinderella Man (2005).


- Lifetime achievement award at the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards

- Wayne was also inducted into the Wood Buffalo Hall of Fame in 2012

- 3 time North American Native champion

- 3 time golden glove champion

- World Champion masters division 2009


Wayne's cousin Rene Bourque is a professional hockey player in the NHL. Rene is currently playing for the Calgary flames at the left wing position. Rene also embraces his Aboriginal heritage and has initiated several charitable causes dedicated to encouraging aboriginal children and helping youth from rural Northern Alberta afford the cost of playing hockey.

See also[edit]


  • Chris Alexander, "Why Didn't I Do It Sooner?" National Post (Toronto), June 27, 2000.
  • Curtis Phillips, "Boxercise Guru Reflects on his Home," Fort McMurray Today, March 16, 2002.
  • Chris Alexander, "In the Ring with Raging Bull." National Post (Toronto), October 6, 2006.
  • Wayne Bourque at the Internet Movie Database
  • Wayne Bourque
  • "About Wayne Bourque | Wayne Bourque's Centre Ring | Toronto". www.centrering.com. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  • "René Bourque". Ice Hockey Wiki. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  • Centre Ring Ltd (2015-04-01), Wayne Bourque - A Comeback Story, retrieved 2017-03-23