Netball in the Borough was organized in 1962 by Doreen Thomas, now Mrs. Charles, Jasmine O’Conner and the lone male, the late Reginald Pierre. The teams involved in the open competitions then were Arima A-Teens, Abilene, Ladies Keep, and Memphis.
At first, League & Knock out games were played in the Arima Paddock area and later in front of the Old Grand Stand. The Arima Netball League was affiliated to the Trinidad & Tobago Netball Association.
In the early 60’s, the first well organized Amateur Boxing Club was established in Arima. Its President was the former Councillor Kelvin Seifert. Its Secretary was Innocent Roberts who was also the Assistant Coach, while its Coach was the ever popular, evergreen & knowledgeable Maxie Assee.
This game has not been played on a national level in Arima. Boys who wanted a sweat in the 60s enjoyed themselves with learning skills of the game. Then there were teams from Malabar, Carapo and Arima proper. Although no facilities were available, the players enjoyed themselves while learning the basic skills of the game.
The young men decided to participate in the Prime Ministers Olympics Competition where they were exposed to competitive volleyball. They were encouraged to participate in competitions organized by the National Body. Some players from Arima played for team outside of Arima. So successful were they in acquiring the fundamental skills in the game that some of them were called for National trials and Geoffrey Dolabaille was eventually successful in getting a place on the National Team.
This game suffered greatly because there was no home for it. Then. the former Arima Community Centre, managed by the then affable caretaker Â Mr. Farrier became the popular venue when it was available in the early 60’s. Players like the late Gerard David, Winston Mooking, M. Hicks, “Salt” Davy and Lionel Darceuil then emerged.
Some players joined clubs outside the Borough even though their playing base was the Community Centre. Lionel Darceuil was crowned Caribbean Triple Crown Champion in 1973 when he won the Men’s Singles, the Men’s Doubles & the Mixed Doubles in Guyana.
Later on, the Edwards family, although being members of a Port of Spain club, came to live in Arima. The brothers Andrew & Aaron were also National Junior Champions. Their sister Aleena won titles in all the age groups for youths and then went on to win the Ladies’ National Title eight times.
Their mother, Verna Edwards also won the Ladies National Title. She achieved the International Table Tennis Umpire Certificate. The Arima Hawks Tennis Club was officially established in June 1983. Since its formation, it has evolved as one of the best Table Tennis Clubs in the country.