Trophy for young talent
The much-loved youngster, who lived in Turkey Road, lost his life at the age of 19 in 2011.
A trophy in Enrik’s name was presented by his brother to the club’s most promising youngster which was an emotional moment for all who attended.
Coach Tone Godwin commented: “The evening was a huge success and was enjoyed by all. The parents of all the kids that received an award were extremely pleased with them and the whole venue was buzzing with lots of love and proudness throughout.
We were visited by Ronaldo Rrukaj who was invited to come and present his brother’s trophy. The winner of the Enrik Rrukaj Trophy was the Best Club Junior Boxer of last season, a 13 year old lad from Pebsham, Nakibul Khan, who has now competed for Bexhill Boxing Club four times and won each contest on a unanimous points decision everytime. We feel that Nakibul is a big potential to go on and win further championships this season, and will be taking part in the National Schoolboy Championships this coming May.
It seems justifiable that such a talent should win Enrik’s memorial trophy as he would have agreed with the coaches’ decision himself, I’m sure.”
Every member of the club was presented with a medal and this rounded off “an absolute peach of a Christmas event” according to Tone.
There was also a raffle and a buffet made by Kim Godwin, Kerry Birch and members of the Squash club. The evening was attended by Cllr Jimmy Carroll, and former England boxer Denis Pollard.
Tone also thanked fellow coaches Terry Freeman and Ben Pettet - together they put this voluntary group into place three years ago and are proud it is going
“from strength to strength” - and Bexhill Squash and Social Club which offered to share premises, “without which we would still be training in the rain and dark at the top of Galley Hill.”
The club is making plans for a bright future but is keen to find any sponsors to help “in any way possible.” The most pressing need is for help in travelling to competitions and shows around the country, and for this Bexhill Boxing club must have a minibus. For info call 07741 282569.