Press Release:-Castries, Saint Lucia, November 23, 2016 – The Saint Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA) has received a donation of Five Thousand Eastern Caribbean Dollars ($5,000ECD) from the Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS fund).
The funds were presented on Monday November 21 2016 and will go towards the upgrade and expansion of the National Boxing Gymnasium at Vigie.
In making the donation Mrs. Helen Gobat, mother of the deceased hotelier said her family was pleased to continue supporting Saint Lucia and hopes the donation makes a meaningful impact in the lives of young boxers.
Mrs. Gobat expressed great pleasure in the national boxing programme having followed its progress in recent years.
The donation was received by the President of the Saint Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA) Mr David “Shakes” Christopher who pledged to ensure the funding is expended prudently.
The SLBA President acknowledged that is was extremely commendable that the Gobat family continues to invest time and resources in Saint Lucia, after the unfortunate incident and thanked the family for their generous donation.
The funds will go into immediate use with construction work expected to commence at the boxing gymnasium next week. However, the SLBA would require additional support and encourages corporate and private citizens who are able, to support the project.
The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS fund) has expressed interest in providing further support to the national boxing programme in the future.
ABOUT THE OLIVER GOBAT SPORTS FUND
The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS fund) was established following the tragic murder of Ollie Gobat on 25th April 2014, at the age of 38. He was born in Saint Lucia, and loved the country of his birth. He was training to represent Saint Lucia at squash in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when he died.
TOGS fund set up by the Gobat family in Ollie’s memory to offer financial support to Saint Lucian nationals under 21 years of age, who wish to pursue their sporting endeavours, whatever they might be. This might include sporting equipment, travel to events, coaching. Criteria for sponsorship will be that the young person should be a Saint Lucian national, and ideally under the age of 21, although all requests will be carefully considered, whether for travel to events, sporting equipment, or coaching.
ABOUT THE SAINT LUCIA BOXING ASSOCIATION (SLBA)
The Saint Lucia Boxing Association was set up in the early 1980`s to promote the development of the sport of boxing in Saint Lucia. The Association is recognised by the international governing body for boxing, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and participates regularly in many international championships and events.
SLBA boasts and very successful national and schools boxing programmes, engaging experienced and amateur boxers from around the island.