The Saint Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA) wants to introduce boxing at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), to help rehabilitate inmates there.
SLBA President, David ‘Shakes’ Christopher told the Times that there are a lot of young men at the BCF.
“We know that we can create better citizens and champions out of that system,” Christopher said.
The SLBA President observed that in Guyana, a number of boxers have come out of the Republican Gym which is inside the prison.
He disclosed plans to open gyms at the BCF and the Boys Training Centre at Massade to work with young citizens who have encountered problems with the law in an effort to help rehabilitate them.
“Boxing is a disciplined sport which helps people to build confidence,” Christopher told the Times.
He said if young persons are enrolled in a boxing programme, they can learn to be disciplined and confident.
“Stepping into a ring, you have to be confident – so I think it is a good tool to help create better citizens and even champions,” Christopher said.
“Boxing is hands in gloves – it is not violence. Boxing is an international Olympic sport that teaches them to harness their energy in the right direction and occupy their spare time, a lot of idle time, in prison.”