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Practicing the sweet science and knocking out bad influences are at the heart of the Cayman Islands Boxing Association (CIBA) mission, as Cayman’s national federation for amateur boxing.
Recognised by boxing’s international governing body, the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur, the CIBA is responsible for Cayman’s national team, running the national gymnasium, youth outreach, educational initiatives and promoting healthy lifestyles and discipline through sport.
The CIBA benefits the local community by promoting healthy lifestyles and avenues for personal development through sport. Boxing, in particular, is a discipline that tends to attract youngsters who may be having difficulties in their lives.
We offer education and development for all young people, but especially for atrisk youth.
On the competitive front, the CIBA recently organised developmental opportunities. There are training camps for boxing in the UK, and we had a team of 12 boxers participate in the Caribbean Championships in St. Lucia in December 2017, winning three gold medals and two silver. We have two boxers attending the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia in April 2018.
Outside of the ring, the CIBA is keen for our national team athletes to develop into young persons who are assets to their country. We have launched an apprenticeship scheme, in collaboration with The Security Centre Ltd, aimed at fostering workbased skills. We also are running a youth leadership qualification course.
To accomplish our objectives, the CIBA receives funding from a variety of sources. Monies received from the Cayman Islands Government cover the annual salaries for our coaches. All of our other operations rely on the generous sponsorship of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, Elite Marble and Granite, and other private sponsors.
Community support is vital to boxing’s future in Cayman, and all sponsorship opportunities are greatly appreciated.
The CIBA has only been a registered legal entity since July 2017. However, the sport of boxing in the Cayman Islands has operated under the direction of an association since the 1980s—when it was developed by the ‘father of boxing,’ Mr D. Dalmain Ebanks.
As a fitting tribute to his legacy, our athletes train, and compete in local bouts, out of the D Dalmain Ebanks National Boxing Gymnasium, located at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
To learn more about boxing in the Cayman Islands, email CIBA president Leyla Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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