The St. Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA) will host elections for a new executive committee on Monday, December 20, 2021. The proceedings will be held from 5:30 p.m. on the day at the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) Inc.’s conference room in La Clery, Castries.
SLBA President, David “Shakes” Christopher, said all executive positions will be contested on the day, namely President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer/Organizing Secretary.
The elections were supposed to be held last year, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the change in the Olympic cycle.
Representatives from the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) Inc. will be in attendance to observe the elections. Moreover, the elections will be streamed live so that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) can observe the proceedings.
Christopher is inviting anyone willing to serve on the executive committee to contact the Association or simply attend the December 20 elections in person.
Christopher, who has served as President of the SLBA since 2012, said the Association remains committed to continue the work it has been doing to promote the sport of boxing over the years.
“I think the SLBA is on a good track now,” he said. “Just last week, we received another batch of equipment from Green Hill to be used in our boxing programmes. We’re just hoping to sit down soon with the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports to discuss what we hope to do, including implementing a special training programme for our 2022 Commonwealth Games hopefuls. We’re also hoping to host the Creole Boxing Championships and Caribbean Boxing Championships next year, as long as COVID-19 allows.”
Christopher said the Association’s focus includes bringing the sport back to its glory days. For instance, in 2017, the SLBA won Association of the Year, Administrator of the Year, and Coach of the Year at the National Sports Awards.
However, in 2018 and 2019, the SLBA’s work programmes suffered a bit when its Vigie Gym was demolished and rebuilt. The gym is now well equipped and in a better position towards “Creating more champions and better citizens”, as its tagline says.