Boxing champion Giselle Salandy is dead

TrinidadandTobagoNews.com Reporters
January 04, 2009

Undefeated Trinidad and Tobago boxing champion, Giselle Salandy, died following a vehicular accident on the Beetham Highway, on the outskirts of Port of Spain, this morning, January 4th 2009. The 21 year old boxing sensation succumbed to her injuries at the Port of Spain General Hospital around 8.29 a.m. Reports state that Salandy was driving west into Port of Spain a little before 7 a.m. when she crashed into a concrete pillar upon reaching the National Petroleum (N.P.) overpass just before the Bhagwansingh turnoff. Miss Salandy and other occupant of the Toyota Yaris, national female footballer Tamar Watson were injured and both were rushed to hospital. Most recent reports indicate that Watson suffered two broken legs and is in a critical condition.

Salandy’s manager Boxu Potts reported that doctors at the medical facility tried everything possible to save her life but their attempts were futile.

Gary Hunt, the Minister of Sports described Salandy as an icon, a great contributor and a motivator. He also assured the public that the government of Trinidad and Tobago is prepared to pay for the boxer’s funeral.

Giselle Salandy, also known as Jizelle Joseph receives the Chaconia Gold Medal in 2007
Giselle Salandy receives the Chaconia Gold Medal in 2007

Born in Siparia on January 25, 1987 Salandy began boxing at the tender age of 11 under the tutelage of Kim Quashie and later Fitzroy Richards. Her exploits in the boxing ring brought great attention to the sport of boxing and earned her several awards including the Chaconia Gold Medal in 2007.

Giselle Salandy, T&T’s most successful female boxer, was the holder of eight international boxing titles including Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles, which she successfully defended in her last fight. This fight, which took place on Boxing Day against Dominican Republic’s Yahaira Hernandez, took her professional record to 17 wins and zero losses.

Condolences continue to pour in as the public and persons who knew her personally remember her for her contributions to Trinidad and Tobago.

Funeral Service for Jizelle Salandy
January 07, 2009
Funeral Service for Jizelle Salandy
Funeral Service (Click here for more images)

Jizelle Salandy’s Send-Off
Hundreds of people turned up to the St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church in La Romaine to remember and bid farewell to the World Boxing Champion Jizelle Salandy. They came in buses, maxis and cars from all over Trinidad to pay their last respects…

175 Responses to “Boxing champion Giselle Salandy is dead”


  • This is so sad to loose a young, talented, focused woman. Her death came as a thief in the night (the wee hours of the morning, butlet this be a lesson us all search for the many positives in this whole lesson and dwell on that and let it assist you as a survivor to do the right thing from now on.

  • she was the love of my life i still llllllllllloooooooooooovvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee hhhhheeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rest in peace my sister. we will all miss you

  • Sometimes God sends “Angels” to walk in our mids and to touch our lives.We don’t realise that until they have gone. Jizelle was one such angel sent to teach us lessons on Sincerity,Generousity and caring,Love and Perseverance. Her work being done, the Father said,”my child it’s time for you to return home.”
    It was indeed sad to see her go and sometimes I wish it was some nightmare but the sad reality is “Angel” is gone but her memory will live on. Angel RIP and sincere condolences to all you loved you and will always love you.
    “Those whom the Gods love die young”

  • A hero , a role model ,a true icon to Trinidad And Tobago gone but not forgotten what it meant to lose you no one will ever know .Rest in Peace our fallen soldier.

  • when heard the news couldn’t beleve it.the athlete who i so wanted to see in person.oh how i wish she could have continued her life ,rest in peace my sweet giselle.

  • Bonterre family (Trinidad)

    After hearing the news we could not have believe it. This is such a blow not just for the country but for everyone who believes in something better. My mother cried while she looked at the service on the television.
    May the souls of the faithful departed with the mercy of God rest in peace.
    Love all.

  • jizzel was a real role model to me,i’ve always wanted to be like her
    she was a real angel send by god to fulfill her dreams.may your soul rest in peace jizelle.i also send out my condolences to her family,sister,friends and to mr.boxu potts.

  • truly our country has lost a great sport icon. I would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Jiselle Salandy. May her life be an inspiration to many of the youths of our country.

  • Thank god i had the opportunity to meet and chat with her before her untimely passing, now i can say that i knew someone famous. You will be missed princess, but someone superior to all of us put together has bigger plans for you…..Go with God Jizelle, and while you’re there, thank him for us for allowing us the time that we had with you here on earth.

  • everytime I think about it I still can’t believe it. Imagine how far she could have gone. But that was her time to go.

  • Love you always.May you rest in peace, Giselle=:)

  • Love begins with a smile,grows with a kiss and ends with a tear………………….
    God bless her soul,she were really a nice person

  • The WORLD”S greatest for now and forever!!! May she rest in peace. AMEN

  • Ipersonally did not knowGisellebut my heart broken when I heard the news of her death. As a fellow female who struggles to make itin the sporting arena I know that she had accomplished.She’sa true angel,wecan all see this by looking at her pictures,one pleasant, dedicated individual gone too soon. Family members should always keep her in their hearts and never let her legacy die.

  • Hopefully sherryann, you are doing something except cry as you reflect on the good lady while partaking in the fun at many of our rancous fets. Drink less, demand a non- tired designated driver that complies with our national speed limit , as well as basic safety rules such as seat belt ussage ,and you as well as many others can expect to be around long into the future.
    It is amaizing that more outrage at the huge statistics of RTA deaths aren’t occuring across our nation.

  • true fighter will never b 4gotten

  • R.I.P. Jizzelle we will never forget you

  • RIP… u will be Missed

  • THE BIG MAN BIG WEST

    ITS SO SAD THAT SHE WAS SO YOUNG MAY UR FAMILY B BLESSED.THERE A WOMAN NAME LISA BAD NEWS BROWN THAT WILL UPHOLD THE BLESSING OF FEAMALE 4 T$T,BUT U WILL B SADLY MISSED

  • jus looking back at her, probably forgotten by many!!! how sad???

  • oh it’s so sad she died but not as sad as Michael Jackson’s death he touched a lot of people around the world i love him R.I.P Giselle and Michael and miss u both very much

  • i from purple dragon we really miss u we wish that was not u who died

  • may your soul rest in peace!!! i’m doing a project in school about my favorite sports hero..and even though you are gone,,, you are still my hero.

  • Wake up Hadassah, the woman’s soul has been resting in peace for a long time while you apparently were still under your drunker stupor , and close to 500 more folks have died on our roads since.Time to move on, and please no drinking and driving, as we have new stringent traffic breathalyzer laws in place for you and similar non seat belt wearing , cell phone talking , loud distracting music playing driving miscreants.

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