Minister Smith congratulates T&T Caribbean School Boys Boxing Team
May 15, 2017: The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, congratulated the Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean School Boys Boxing Team on their success at the Second Edition of the Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior’s Boxing Championship, held in Guyana last week. An airport welcome reception was held in their honour, on Monday May 15, 2017. The team brought home a resounding four gold medals and four silver medals with our very own Nickel Joseph being named the best overall youth.
An elated Minister Smith was pleased to see the number of young boxers involved in the sport. He said this is the age group that we are targeting and there is the need to continuously develop athletes from the primary school level. He mentioned that he wants Mr. Leslie ‘Tiger’ Stewart, former professional boxer and world champion, to work with the young boxers and hopefully see some of these young people as champions in the near future. It is his hope to have boxing full time in the secondary schools and host Intercol school competitions with continued expansion of the sport going forward. He thanked the managers and coaches and hopes that the sport garners corporate sponsorship and support.
Mr. Leslie ‘Tiger’ Stewart was happy to see so many young boxers involved in the sport. He expressed that he would like to see some of them develop into professional boxers in the near future like himself. A proud Mr. Jason Aqui, Coach, thanked the Boxing Board the Ministry and all the coaches that were involved in the process. He commended the teams’ effort and praised them for the medals that they brought home.
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