MARIGOT—Velo Club de Grand Case’s (VCG) Adélio Brooks cemented his status as the top Junior rider in the region after winning the 2017 Guadeloupe Junior Championship in Abymes, a feat that was celebrated with a big welcome for his return at Grand Case Airport on Friday and a reception to follow soon.
  It was a dramatic turnaround for Brooks who suffered in the Nagico 2 Nagico race last weekend but despite his disappointment that race prepared him well.
  Brooks, riding on his own for VCG as Alban Clerc was racing in Europe, outclassed the competition to win the 122k race in three hours 26:54 coming from behind in the final sprint to cross the line first ahead of Wendy Jacquet-Crédites and Anthony Damas in third.
  It is the first time since VCG’s Sylvère Dulorme won the championship as a senior in 1986 that a Junior Championship title has been won by St. Martin. Alban Clerc won the Cadet title (under 16 years) in 2014.
  The race consisted of two climbs that had to be ascended 11 times. Brooks came into his own around the 40 kilometre mark when the peloton reeled in a breakaway group, and at 20 kilometres from the finish he joined a six-man breakaway that took the lead all the way to the finish.
  “I felt good in the race. I had the legs,” said Adélio amid a scrum of family and supporters at the airport. “The breakaway group was three minutes ahead and I thought we had lost them but we caught them back.  I got into a group of six riders with 20K to go. I’m a good sprinter and at the finish it worked out perfectly.”
  Said VCG President St. Elmo Arnell: “I couldn’t be happier today. After 31 years we are champion of Guadeloupe again. It was a job well done and well prepared. Adélio rode a beautiful race.”
  Added Réne Arnell: “Adélio rode like a veteran, he didn’t panic. And at the finish he mastered the final sprint, letting the others sprint first and then coming from behind to catch them. He’s only in his first year as a Junior so we hope this win will give him a lot of confidence to go much further.”
  Adélio’s mother said she could not have wished for a better Mother’s Day present.
  “When he’s determined, he can be very strong mentally,” she said. “He used to do track and field until one day he asked me to buy him a bike. I’m very proud of him. From the beginning he really wanted to achieve something.”
  There was more success for VCG when Jayson Rousseau came third in a major race in Europe.

Swift from Curacao won the annual Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten Softball Tournament hosted by the Lions Sporting Club Foundation at the Little League Ballpark on Pond Island Sunday. DSC 0100Swift defeated Red Skins of Aruba 13-7. A total of 13 teams competed in the competition that started Wednesday evening. (Photo: Emma Croes.)

MARIGOT--More than 300 persons, including First Vice-President Valérie Damaseau, watched the Caribbean Street Workout Cup on the Marigot waterfront on Saturday, the second edition of which was hosted for the first time by St. Martin. The event, held every two years, was last held in Martinique in 2015.

GUADELOUPE—For the second year in a row Mai-Angél Martis won a gold medal at the Regional Gymnastics Competition of French Guillane in the Poussi Gym category on Saturday.

SIMPSON BAY—Triathlete Nicole Erato has topped the world rankings in the 25 to 29 age category after a sensational performance at the Chattanooga Half Ironman in Tennessee on Sunday where she finished 17th in age group with a time of four hours 57:57.

Joey Priest lines up a shot during the R.H. Pool Club’s 10-Ball competition at the 8/9 Pool Bar in Sucker Garden Sunday.  Priest faced a field of 10 players to win his first tournament.  Willkings Richardson finished second. R.H. Pool Club is also looking for new members.   For information call 524-5026

PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Sport Fishing Foundation hosted their fourth annual Island Water World Mahi tournament on Saturday at Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg.

St. Maarten was named as Best International Team at the 18th Aruba International Open Taekwondo Championship. The students from the King Yen School in Middle Region, under the guidance of Grandmaster Theo Liu will return home Monday evening with seven gold medals and 14 silver.  St. Maarten bested 10 other countries for the International Trophy.

Photo Gumbs is headed to the Little League age 12 and under final.  Photo Gumbs defeated Lions Club 15-13 at the Ballpark on Pond Island Thursday.  The win gave Photo a 2-1 series victory. Photo will face the winner of the Sagico versus Elle si Belle best of three game semi-final. Elle si Belle won the first game 17-4. Game two is set for Saturday at 11:00am.

By Robert Luckock

 SIMPSON BAY--Team Nicole Erato is expecting great things from the young athlete when she takes on her next challenge, a Half Ironman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 21, 2017, and much of that confidence has to do with a new bike, and not just any bike.
  Nicole was in Tri Sport recently to get a glimpse and preliminary fitting of this new machine that is going to propel her to greater speeds. It’s the real deal, a top-of-the-line all-carbon triathlon bike with electronic shifting, and a hi-tech aerodynamic design that’ll cut through the wind as sharply as Keanu Reeves taking flight in the Matrix.

MIDDLE REGION--Members of the King Yen Taekwondo School are heading to Aruba.  Ten athletes ranging in age from six to 17 will represent St. Maarten at the 18th Aruba International Open Taekwondo Championship in Santa Cruz May 20.  

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