Athletes punch their way to victory

A group of local boxers recently earned medals in an overseas competition.

The team competed in the Caribbean Boxing Championships held in Trinidad. The event took place from 26 June to 1 July.

At the end of the meet, the Cayman squad earned 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Every member of the six-person team won a medal.

Among the medallists was Jesse Bodden. Jesse won the gold medal in his event by beating regional powerhouse Floyd Fraser of Barbados.

In addition, Tracey Seymour, Cherie Branch, and Myra Bodden all earned silver medals. Meanwhile, team members Tamazon Best and Eric McField won bronze.

The team’s success comes after eight months of planning and intense training under Coach Nayon ‘Donnie’ Anglin.

Coach Anglin was very pleased with the group’s results. He says the entire team must be praised for their dedication as they trained in ‘less than ideal circumstances’. The squad had reportedly been undergoing their training in the Old Seafarers Office in downtown George Town.

Coach Anglin went on to express his gratitude towards the Minister of Sports, the Hon. Alden McLaughlin, for providing the funding for the team’s travel expenses.

Minister McLaughlin in turn offered his congratulations to the team. He was especially impressed with the performance of Jesse Bodden. He also stated that he was proud to see the women earn as much medals as they did.

The Minister went on to say that the results of the competition prove boxing is a prominent sport in the Cayman Islands. He said the team’s success justified the building of a new boxing gym at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex later this year.

Minister McLaughlin also noted that Government will continue to support Coach Anglin and the Boxing Association into the foreseeable future.

Coach Anglin stated he was pleased to hear of the plans for the new gym. He says he looks forward to an expanding boxing program in the future.