One of the toughest women to ever come out of Windsor, Mary Spencer has long been an inspirational source for young women in our city. A graduate of W.F. Herman Secondary School, Ms. Spencer has been a trailblazer and role model. Mary began boxing at age 17, which lifted her to great heights as one of the country’s greatest ever female boxers, and a major positive role model in her community.
Growing up, Mary was always a tough kid and did what it took to advance her personal situation. She started as a poor kid from Wiarton before moving to Windsor and eventually becoming a representative for the Cover Girl makeup company, joining major stars such as Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, and many other major female celebrities.
Despite her success and attention outside of the ring, it is through boxing that Mary has been able to make her biggest impact. The southpaw captured world titles in 2005 and 2008 in the 66 KG category, and also won world titles in the 75 kg category.
An Olympian, Pan-American Games Gold medallist, and three time World Champion, Spencer has long been a force in Windsor’s sporting community. The southpaw has contributed a great deal to her community, sport, and cultural heritage. She won the Aboriginal National Achievement Award for sports in 2014, and is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
Mary has used her success in and out of the ring to build a better future for others. Training out of the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club, Mary has won both in and out of the ring. With her success, she has been able to inspire others and become a member of Motivate Canada’s GEN 7 Aboriginal role model initiative. She has worked to help empower aboriginal youth through sport and physical activity in First Nations communities across Ontario.