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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