Dee Dee’s legacy gets stronger

Boxing in the Cayman Islands has
entered a new era after a new president and many new members were voted into
the committee to steer the sport through the next few years.

The recently built D. Dalmain
Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium is one of the finest of its kind in the Caribbean and
the committee aims to utilise it with maximum effect both locally and against
international competition.

At the annual general meeting on
Friday around 40 members turned up and voted in the new committee. Thomas
Ebanks, step-son of Dalmain, was became the new president, taking over from
Randy Rankin. Toni Greene remained as the treasurer and Shernette Watson became
the new assistant treasurer. Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker was voted in as the
first vice-president and Terrence Spencer the second vice-president. Flynn Bush
became the secretary and Geannine Coulson the assistant secretary. The four
committee members are now Jamal Young, Timothy Ebanks, Garth Ebanks and Phillmore
Barnett.

Bernie Bush, treasurer of the
Olympic Committee, welcomed the new committee members in and gave some pointers
on how best to run the organisation in the future.

Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin remains the
head coach and Killa’s trainer ‘Stormin’ Norman Wilson will be the assistant
trainer after getting a year’s contract from the government which is extremely
supportive of the boxing programme.

Cayman’s boxing scene has the
potential to thrive under this new executive. With a record number of members
too, all anxious to see the boxing programme flourish, the future looks bright.
All the new committee members gave a presentation on how they felt they could
help advance the cause. Killa spoke of the great influence Dalmain – aka Dee
Dee – had on him and Timothy Ebanks, although absent, was retained as a member
not only on the strength of his passion and dedication to boxing but also
because he is the late trainer’s son. The legacy Dee Dee left will grow, that’s
for sure.

The next step is to host boxers from
the Bahamas at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym on 18 September. Cayman’s best went
there last November. They came here in April and enjoyed the trip so much are returning
in a couple of weeks. There will also be a Jamaican coming over to fight Cody
Barnett, Phillmore’s son.

Tickets are $10 and $25 ringside and available from Donie Anglin on
328-2334 or 939-7944.

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