In June 2017, when she returned from the continental championships with a gold medal around
her neck and sparkling eyes, Kim Clavel had a sense of duty accomplished. Always attracted by
professional boxing, she remained hitherto wisely in the amateur ranks, considering that she had
not yet “done enough” – despite winning one of the best prizes in the Canadian arena in Olympic
boxing. But when her hand was raised to declare her champion of the Americas, the 26 year old
athlete felt that a page had just turned.
It all started…
In 2006, the teenager from Crabtree knocked on the door of the Michel Morin boxing club. The
coach and boxer immediately develop a nice relationship and begin to rake in the victories.
Already with several provincial titles in their pockets and a bronze medal at the Canadian
championship, they are the pride of Joliette when they bring home gold at the 2010 Canadian
Championship. The future looks bright for Clavel, who is starting to represent Canada on an
international level. She is then only 19 years old.
Then, three weeks away from the 2011 Canadian Championships, her life changes drastically.
Kim works in a screen factory, and her hand passes under a compressing roller. The nerve is
reached and, for 3 months, she has no feeling in half of her hand. She still attends the Canadian
championships, eager to encourage her teammates on the national team. Once there, she observes
the wellknown coach Danielle Bouchard in action with her champions. Kim is intrigued by the
team dynamics and the work of this experienced woman.
Once Kim’s hand has healed, Danielle and Michel agree to jointly supervise the boxer. Then,
deciding to begin studying nursing in Montreal, Kim moved to the city to represent the boxing
club Boxe Montreal. At the 2012 Canadian championship, Clavel takes gold a second time. And
the adventure continues …
During Kim’s 6 years on the national team, her performances brought her to being the top 5th
female boxer in the world. Finishing her amateur career on a 65th win in 80 fights, she is proud
of her accomplishments. Always supervised by the former professional boxer Danielle
Bouchard, Kim feels ready and above all well equipped to meet the challenges that await her.