The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, presented boxing equipment to the South East Port of Spain Boxing Gym, at 39 Piccadily Street, Port of Spain, as part of the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control’s (TBBC) mandate to facilitate the development of boxing and to regulate boxing contests nationally.
Minister Smith said that it is the policy of the Government to invest in the young people of our nation. He said that the youth are the ones that will bring innovative ideas to propel Trinidad and Tobago’s economy forward, therefore, we are to invest in them. He praised Mr. Michael Morgan, Gym owner/Coach, for the work he has been doing with the young people in the community.
He spoke about the positive development of boxing and the support the sport has been garnering. He also thanked the boxing board for the work that they are doing. He shared plans to morph the Boxing Board into the Combat Sport Commission, where all like sport can come under the same umbrella. This will aid in improving and enhancing all combat type sporting disciplines.
He encouraged young people to make good use of the equipment, listen to their parents, teachers and coaches.
TTBC Chairman, Dr. Barry Ishmael, stated that the equipment distribution was a part of the overall mandate of the TTBC to develop and expand boxing nationally. Thirteen Gyms are earmarked to receive equipment. The South East Port of Spain Gym was the fourth in the distribution series.
Mr. Michael Morgan, Gym owner/Coach, expressed his gratitude to the Honourable Minister, Darryl Smith, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the TTBC, for the equipment and the development of young boxers.