Boxer Tafari Ebanks is included as one of the “Proud of Them” committee’s seven young Caymanians to be featured on posters.
After a rigorous nomination process and selection panel, his face will be displayed on billboards as a role model for young people.
Cayman Islands Boxing Association Vice-President Leyla Jackson nominated Ebanks for the award because of his progress and achievements in the sport.
She said, “In the two years that I have been part of the boxing association board, I have seen Tafari grow and progress, not only as a boxer but as a young man because he listens to the direction and guidance of his coaches and the association.
“Aged just 18, he was made captain of the national boxing team over individuals much older than him because of his responsible and conscientious attitude.
“Tafari also plays a large role in coaching the after-school boxing program and educating the young children participants in health, nutrition and leading a good life. He is an excellent role model as he is sensible, church-going, hard-working and highly motivated.”
This year alone, the 19-year-old West Bayer has attended two six-week intensive training courses in Sweden and participated in international competitions qualifying him for the Caribbean Championships in November. He is boxing in Cuba in June, and in July he goes to the Commonwealth Games.
Ebanks was in action at the Mango Tree on Saturday when he easily outpointed Trinidadian Shawn Joseph.
Ebanks said he is absolutely delighted to be honored with the “Proud of Them” award. He is looking forward to seeing his billboard and honored to be thought of as a role model for youngsters.
He said he was extremely grateful to the “Proud of Them” committee, the Ministry of Sports, the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee and the Cayman Islands Boxing Association.