On 25 October, the St Lucia Amateur Boxing Association announced that it had appointed a new executive to oversee all administrative duties for the next two years. The new executive was introduced at the Association's Annual General Meeting held in Rodney Bay.
Returning as President of the Association is David "Shakes" Christopher after being unchallenged in his candidacy following time off due to personal reasons. Julie Bonnet will assume the role of first vice president and will be responsible for women's boxing and officiating. Brian Mc Donald has been elevated to second vice president and will oversee the development of the Association's Youth Programme. The third vice president, Pamela Alexander, will have the dual role of Assistant Secretary and Head of Marketing. Robert Joseph comes in as the new Secretary whilst Lucy Charles Goodman maintaining her position as Treasurer. David Papin comes in as the Organising Secretary.
International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu was delighted to hear the news, congratulating Mr David Christopher, "I am very happy that Saint Lucia has such a leader to further enhance boxing programs in the country".
The new Executive also made the following appointments, Conrad Fredericks as acting Head Coach with former national boxer Darius Cetoute as his assistant and Lyndell Marcellin Junior head coach.
The Association also established a fund raising committee and a parents committee.
The President's, the Secretary's and treasurer's reports were all presented at the AGM with the new executive putting in place a five-year strategic plan as mandated by St Lucia's Ministry of Youth Development and Sports. It intends to work with the Ministry and the Government of St Lucia to tap into the Nice Programme to receive as much support as possible.
The new executive has also planned several road shows and fund raising events before the end of the year. The first of these is scheduled for 24 November. The main aim will then be to participate in two major regional boxing tournaments in December 2012, in Barbados and French Guyana.
The Association's new executive has clearly defined the Association's Vision: To be the premier sport in St Lucia, positively engaging, inspiring and promoting lifelong skills through boxing.
Its Mission: To build strong and sustainable partnerships with all stakeholders through the provision of exciting boxing experiences, sound administrative practices and strategic developmental programmes, to protect the integrity and future of boxing. The slogan: "Creating champions and better citizens".
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