Kendall “The Flash” Ebanks, one of Cayman’s boxing prospects hoping to earn an Olympic place for the Rio Games in 2016, now has a new role as an instructor.
The 23-year-old light-welterweight stylist is a full-time fighter. In addition to spending many hours training at the D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium, he has become a strength and conditioning coach with Tribe Team Training at Anytime Fitness gym in Camana Bay.
A certified USA Boxing coach, Ebanks has been running his own program at the boxing gym and sees joining the Tribe Team as a natural extension.
“Anytime Fitness heard about it through word of mouth and was interested in having an instructor with my level of experience and the program I was running, as they have heard great things from the likes of the Cayman Islands national rugby women’s team,” he said. “They contacted me and we had a few discussions and that was it. I’m now with a great team at Anytime Fitness.”
Besides boxing, he is a regular on the running and swimming scene, so there is no question mark over his overall fitness and versatility.
Tribe Team Training’s reputation is growing worldwide as a small group fitness program, with Anytime Fitness having the exclusive license in Cayman.
Ebanks intends to pass the Tribe Fit module training next month. He says they work hard collectively to exceed expectations.
“No one in our tribe gets left behind. As a team of trainers we unite together, we work together and as a result, we grow together.”
The local boxing association recently changed presidents. Terence Spencer left for a new job in Atlanta, Georgia, and Ann-Marie Byrd took over.
“Ann-Marie is a great person and she has always been behind us boxing, so I feel she will be great just like Terence,” Ebanks said.
The boxing club is in great shape with some talented performers besides Ebanks and national team captain Tafari Ebanks, who is also focused on reaching the Rio Games.
“I see Cayman boxing getting strong,” said Ebanks.”We have some young guys that are shooting up to me and Tafari. Not ready for me and Tafari – ha ha – but there are some good juniors. Their skills are developing quickly. I see them winning medals, they are good.”
Youngsters coming through include Hopkins Ebanks and Diego Rodriguez.
Kendall Ebanks is a member of the Flashy Nation group of young Caymanian athletes which includes talented triathletes Samuel Young and Kevin Connolly.
“Be sure to come and sign up for my program Flashy Nation Training and get a body like a fighter, toned, strengthened, faster and better,” Ebanks said.
“Even if you just want to step your game up for your sport or yourself this is the place to be.”