The Saint Lucia Boxing Association is stepping up to the ring with donations of equipment to local gyms, as well as a new collaboration with Rise Saint Lucia, Blackheart Productions, and the Ministry of Sports.
The Association also made a presentation to the South Boxing Gym in Vieux Fort, including gloves, skipping ropes, mouth guards, punching bags, head guards, floor mats, hand wraps, stop watches, and other items.
SLBA President David “Shakes” Christopher and National Head Boxing Coach Conrad Fredericks made the presentation at the Philip Marcellin Grounds.
A team from the Association also visited the Bordelais Correctional Facility to get started on a boxing programme for inmates at that institution, which the Boxing Association president says went exceedingly well
Christopher told MBC Sports that this is just a start for the programme at the BCF..
Meanwhile. the Vieux Fort gym, which has been operational for quite some time now, currently has about six boxers, but hopes to attract more in the future.
Aside from equipment and a strong desire to succeed, the South Boxing Gym has in its arsenal national boxer Darius Cetoute and AIBA referee and trainer Cecil Kerr. They are among those responsible for developing the next crop of champions, with Youth and Sports Officer Claude Charlemagne providing them the necessary support.
Further presentations will be made to other communities and institutions, with the goal to reach as many as 500 boxers.