Wayne Bourque

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Wayne Bourque s a Canadian boxer. He has been the North American Native boxing champion three times in the welterweight and middleweight classes. He was born in 1959 in Lac La Biche, Alberta to Métis parents however raised and trained in Fort McMurray.[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.

Bourque retired from amateur boxing in 1985 after receiving a knee injury while skiing eighteen days before the Olympic trials. After retirement Bourque became a fitness trainer and is the owner of the boxercise centre Centre Ring. He leads a summer camp in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where participants use boxing exercises to get fit without the physical contact of boxing matches. His clients have included many NHL players like Matt Stajan - Calgary Flames, Olympian Marnie McBean and players of St.Michael's Buzzers. Wayne even appeared as the corner man in the first fight scene with Russell Crowe, in the movie Cinderella Man (2005).

TVO profiled Bourque in their Never Stop Learning series and in celebration of Canada's sesquicentennial, Indigo published a book called The World Needs More Canada. Bourque was selected and featured in the book, as one of the "cultural makers of our land, who inspire us, challenge us and reflect who we are for all the world to see."

Achievements[edit]

- Lifetime achievement award at the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards

- Bourque 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

Family[edit]

Bourque's second cousin, Rene Bourque played professional hockey in the NHL. His playing career included time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche. Today, Rene Bourque is playing hockey in Sweden.

See also[edit]

References[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 on IMDb
  • 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