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$80,000 in cash, prizes won at Salandy tribute event

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez, centre, and Ria Ramnarine, right, do battle in the boxing ring. Photo: Allison Edwards

 The Eastern Regional Sport Complex, Tacarigua, was filled to capacity with record-breaking numbers as women came out in their numbers to participate in the Fifth Women and Girls in Sport Festival held by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.  The event was spearheaded by programme organiser Ruth Marchan, Deputy Director of Physical Education and Sport. In tribute to Jizelle Salandy, the day was full of different sporting events including a 5k road race. One such event was boxing which was organised by Boxu Potts and the Boxing Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.

People were surprised as Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez graced the boxing ring to take on Ria Ramnarine. Football participation was overwhelming as over 40 teams took part in the event. Over $80,000 in cash prizes was won. Jennifer Jones-Kernahan, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, gave the feature address while the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Anil Roberts declared the games open. Angelica Hunt, director of the United Nations Information Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought greetings on behalf of the United Nations.