Team Elite head coach Barry Winter

PROUD MENTOR: Team Elite head coach Barry Winter, centre, with his charges at the end of the Curaçao Open on Saturday. From left, Vikash Sankar, Christian Winter and Chelsea Winter.

It seems as if setting milestones is what the Team Elite Karate club is all about.

And last weekend at the annual Curaçao Open was no different, with their three-member team winning almost half of the medals for the Trinidad and Tobago national team at the two-day event which closed off the international calendar for the national team for 2019.

The Winter siblings, Chelsea and Christian, as well as Vikash Sankar, were the members selected for the event along with eight other competitors who flew across to compete on Friday.

Sankar won double silver in the boys kata (forms) and kumite (free sparring), while the Winter sister managed third in her kata division before taking revenge against her Aruban opponent in the kumite final to defend her fighting title from last year’s Open. Meanwhile, her younger brother, Christian, made the most of his debut at the event when he swept both divisions, snatching two gold medals in the process, bringing the Team Elite medal tally over the weekend to six, which left their head coach, Barry Winter more than happy with his charges’ performance.


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Tyra Gittens smashed her own Trinidad and Tobago women’s heptathlon record, yesterday, accumulating 6,418 points in the seven-discipline event to strike gold at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Texas, USA.

No overseas players have been retained by Barbados Tridents for their upcoming Caribbean Premier League campaign.

Neither New Zealander Mitchell Santner, who made a solid all-round impact last season, nor outstanding Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who was among the leading wicket-takers, were among the nine players retained by the Bridgetown-based franchise.

Ayla Stanisclaus captured two silver medals at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Texas, USA, on Thursday.

Few were present, but many wept.

Yesterday, local body-building icon Lawrence “The Beast” Marshall was sent to his eternal rest, following a tear-filled funeral service at Armstrong’s Funeral Home.

Marshall, 58, passed away last Saturday. Marshall was the second body-builder from Trinidad to turn professional in the IFBB pro league, following Darrem Charles.