Ria Ramnarine, HBM
Secretary General, European Boxing Confederation.
“They say discipline and dedication and respect are the key factors, but patience is a virtue that is absolutely essential!”
Ria Ramnarine, HBM, is a former four-time professional world boxing champion, Pan-American Kickboxing champion, certified IBA 3-Star Coach (2014) and IBA International Technical Official (ITO) (2019).
She graduated from Olympic Solidarity scholarships in Switzerland with Honors in the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP) in 2015, and one year later, with a Distinction in the Executive Masters in Sport Organization Management (MEMOS) program.
The Trinidad & Tobago native began her sport career in 1995 and had a very successful 13-year career in the square ring as an athlete, before moving on to the administrative and coaching aspects. She was nationally awarded by the President of Trinidad and Tobago in 2005 after she became the country’s first female world boxing champion.
During the period 2013-2018, Ria accompanied the T&T national boxing teams to various regional and world championships as a National Coach. In 2017, her accomplishments in sport was recognized internationally and she was inducted in the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame.
In 2020, she became a part-time Consultant with the International Boxing Association (IBA) and later resigned from her job at the University of Trinidad and Tobago to work full time with IBA. Her duties as IBA Sport and Development Consultant included many functions within the Sport Department, but she has also worked in other areas in IBA.
Her work ethics, experience and passion for boxing are unparalleled. These qualities led to the nomination of being the EUBC Secretary General in November 2022, one which she enthusiastically accepted. After a short period as Interim Sec Gen, she was unanimously appointed fully into the position in January 2023.
Apart from sport, Ria is a qualified Process Plant Operator and has been an Ambassador and Director for several programs in the areas of Empowerment of Women and Girls, Child Advocacy and Gender Equality amongst others. Ria is also a sport columnist and Physical Training Instructor (PTI).