The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs presented boxing equipment to the SYM Gym in Simeon Drive, Petit Valley yesterday as part of the Trinidad Boxing Board of Control’s (TBBC) mandate to facilitate the development of boxing and to regulate boxing contests throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
The rationale for the handing over of equipment is to ‘project an eagerness to train by young boxers’ and also to ‘improve the quality of training by the coaches’.
The Minister has advised that an aspect of the Government’s policy is to focus on the grassroots to have a level playing field where sport is available to all. The Minister also called on parents to ensure that the environment is safe for their kids to work and play. He envisioned working with parents in an effort to train them in the correct way to support and encourage their children rather than pressure them.
Minister Smith emphasised the need to develop more children in sport at an earlier age, namely at the primary school level so that they benefit from the available programmes before entering secondary school. The aim is to nurture and secure a pool of talented young athletes from which to continue to build sport in Trinidad and Tobago.
He encouraged the young boxers to use the equipment and to take care of it as it represented a major part of their training and development. The Minister called on the private sector to come on board to assist with the development of sport in the country and to be part of the continuing effort to build sport for development.
Trinidad Boxing Board of Control Chairman, Mr. Barry Ishmael stated that the equipment distribution was part of the overall mandate of the TBBC to develop and expand boxing as part of the strategic vision. There are 13 gyms to set to receive equipment which would be monitored on an ongoing basis by TBBC Coordinators.
In receiving the equipment on behalf of SYM Gym the Gym Instructor thanked the Minister and the TBBC for assisting with the development of the young boxers.