Karate team at Curacao tourney

November 3, 2007 by admin
Filed under: Entertainment and Sport 

Three young female karatekas from the organisation Shotokan Karate-do International Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (SKIFTT), have qualified for the TTKU national team which left Friday for the Curacao Cup Tournament.

SKIFTT’s 3rd Dan champion karateka has also gone as coach of this national team, a first for any woman in Trinidad and Tobago.

Cindy Guevara will coach the 15- member team as they seek to bring back gold medals for Trinidad and Tobago at this year’s Curacao Cup Competition being held from today-November 4.

Guevara, a three time karate nominee for the WITCO sports woman of the year awards was chosen by the national body, from the hundreds of karatekas in Trinidad and Tobago, to be the national coach for this team.

The other members of SKIFTT who qualified to be part of the team at the TTKU trials held in July are – Chennise Charles, Rebecca Mohammed and Che-Marie Lee Kin.

Charles, a 14 year old energetic young lady, started karate at age six, and obtained her black belt at age 11 (one of the youngest to do so in the country). She has already represented SKIFTT and T&T at several championships in the Caribbean, Venezuela and Japan. She is a consistent champion, winning both kata and kumite at various competitions in the county.

Mohammed, also 14, will be venturing outside of T&T for the first time to compete for the country. She is a brown belt karateka and recently placed first in her category in kata at the SKIFTT 16th classified tournament. While Lee Kin, 18 years old, who recently obtained her black belt, came first in her category at the Taekijudo tournament held in August. This will also be her first international tournament outside of the country. She has already won in her category at the International Pan American championships held here in Trinidad in 2004.

Source; Trinidad Express


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