St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago have named their squads to participate in the Tri Nation International Goodwill Boxing Tournament scheduled for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) February 14-16 next and from all indications local pugilists will be required to be at their best if they are to cart off the spoils.
The St Lucian team consists of the best in the Island and already St Lucian administrators have indicated that they are using the tournament as preparation for a number of major upcoming boxing events including the Commonwealth and CAC Games. The identified boxers are already spotlighted for participation in those impending games.
The St Lucian team is Light/Welterweight Lyndell ‘The Russian’ Marcellin, Welterweight Ron Bastien and Middleweight Arthur Langillier. The Head Coach is Conrad Fredericks while second Vice President and PRO Brian Mc Donald is the Team Manager; President of the SLABA, David ‘Shakes’ Christopher will head that delegation.
Trinidad has quickly developed into a power nation and they have also selected a team that comprises lone female, Chimbre Taylor (75kgs), Akmal Strode (52kgs), Christian McDonald (56kgs), Michael Alexander (60kgs), Jean Paul Cooper (64kgs), Akiel Outram (69kgs) and Aaron Prince (75kgs).
Local officials have not yet named the team for this tournament but have earlier identified more than 25 boxers for training to participate in several international engagements during the year. The local squad will be selected from among this group but officials are still to indicate which boxers have made the grade. The local team is engaged in training sessions at the National Park at 05:00hrs and at the Andrew Lewis Boxing gym at 16:00hrs daily.
Meanwhile, President of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, said that apart from allowing his training staff to evaluate the progress of local pugilists, the impending championships will facilitate a strengthened relationship among his CARICOM counterparts. Those officials are scheduled to convene shortly after arrival and high on the agenda will be discussions aimed at increasing the number of meetings among officials and competitions among boxers from the Caribbean.
While local officials have indicated that this tournament will be used as useful preparation to improve local boxers’ chances of medaling at the 2016 Brazil Olympics, the St Lucian administrators have indicated that the championships would provide useful activity in preparation for a number of major upcoming boxing events including the Commonwealth Games and CAC Games. The participating St Lucian boxers are already shortlisted for participation in the Commonwealth Games.
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