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Ashley to visit Ja for speaking tour

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 4:00 AM
Former world champion boxer and motivational speaker Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley posing in the ring with her championship belts.

Jamaica's former world boxing champion Alicia 'Slick' Ashley will be on the island from April 24-28 as the special guest of J. Wray & Nephew Limited (JWN) for a weeklong series of activities dubbed the JWN 'EmPOWERment' Tour.

The JWN EmPOWERment Tour will include self-defence workshops and motivational talks delivered by Ashley to young adults in Kingston and St Elizabeth.

JWN chairman Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence, commenting on Ashley's visit said "Jamaica has produced numerous world class athletes and, indeed, world leaders in many industries, so there were many persons with whom we could have worked. We decided to partner with Alicia on this tour because of her own commitment to giving back and making philanthropy a hallmark of her career even while remaining a successful boxer."

The local boxing fraternity also expressed support for the initiative. Leroy Brown, general secretary of the Jamaica Boxing Board, said: "It was such a thrill to hear that J. Wray & Nephew has invited Alicia to be a part of this tour. She is a role model to females and young people in general. We at the board wholeheartedly believe that Alicia's life story, work ethic, and general attitude will make a terrific impact on the persons with whom she will engage during this EmPOWERment tour."

Ashley is a five-time world champion and has been entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female boxing champion. She currently resides in New York.