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ATHLETICS
Sports Coordinator/ Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Prabath Wijekoon
The year 2017 was significant to Thomian athletes due to their great achievements.

The Inter House Sports Meet was held successfully and many of our athletes were sent to Divisional Level where they got qualified for Zonal Level competitions. Our athletes were able to perform remarkably well at provincial Level events.

Our athletes performed well at the National Level Competitions gaining a load of experience.

Another significant sporting event was the Sir John Tarbet All Island Athletic Meet which was held in both Junior and Senior Categories. Here too we have won many awards.

The final victory came at the Inter Thomian Relay competition held in Colombo in which our boys became the Champions for the year 2017.

INDOOR GAMES
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. R.M.T. Jayasiri
Students usually take part in various forms of indoor games in the College while regular practices for Badminton and Table Tennis are held under the guidance of the teachers in charge.

The Indoor Games Society of the College was able to successfully organize the Indoor Games Competition during the 3rd Term of the year. Games such as Carrom, Droughts, Chess, Table Tennis and Badminton were played to which a large number of students took part under various age categories and during the final week of this competition staff matches were also held. Certificates and trophies were presented to the winners at the Keble Memorial Hall. Mr. Ruwan Basnayake a distinguished Old Boy of the College graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.


CHESS
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. W.M.I.A. Chandrasekera
Chess training programmes are conducted every Tuesdays. A large number of students participate in practice sessions.

The College team took part in Schools Zonal and District Level Competitions and performed remarkably well in both individual and team events.

The College chess players took part in Chess Federation Tournaments, District Level and All Island Level and performed remarkably well.

The under 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 players were selected for the All Island School Chess Tournament.

Binula Ratnayake, Sasith Dissanayake, Niman Nawasinghe, Namitha Nawasinghe, Dinal Thilakaratne, Dinusha Thilakarathna and Nethul Gawarammana participated in the All Island Chess Federation Tournament 2017 and performed well.

Nilupul Kumaranga won the Gold Medal at the Under 17 Badulla District Youth Chess Championship.


TENNIS
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Dason
Although the school does not possess a Tennis Court, a number of students actively take part in Tennis practices. In face we are proud to announce that one of our students, Chanith Minthaka De Silva continues to dazzle as he took up the sport at a very young age.

Other than the usual practices that are held at the Bandarawela Tennis Club we also got the assistance of a coach to introduce and train the Primary Students. These students were also exposed to two All Island Tournaments that were held at Kurunegala during the 2nd Term and Colombo during the 3rd Term respectively. Since this is their first year, the performances can be considered quite creditable.


TABLE TENNIS
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. B.P. Weerakoon
The Table Tennis team participated in Zonal Table Tennis Tournaments held at S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela and the Under 15 team was able to become Champions while the Under 17 became runners-up. At the All Island Table Tennis Tournament held at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia the Under 15 team was able to reach quarter finals which was captained by Savith Basnayake.

We were able to obtain the services of a National coach and the coach at Trinity College for several coaching camps. Students from grade one onwards participated in these camps.

S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela conducted the Uva Province Open Ranking Table Tennis Championship Tournament for the second time and teams from 12 schools participated. Savith Basnayake of S. Thomas’ College Bandarawela became the Champion in Under 18, open mens singles and mix doubles. Runner-up in under 15, Semifinalist in open doubles. He was selected the most outstanding player men’s and most outstanding player of the tournament. Chanith De Silva became Champion in the Under 15 and runners-up in Under 18 age group.


BADMINTON
Teacher-in-charge:  Mr. Thilak Jayasiri
Assistant: Mrs. P.L.N.D. Cooray
*    Students of this institution successfully participated in the Uva Provincial Open Badminton Tournament.
*    A coaching camp was conducted in January by the sponsorship of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association for 25 students.
*    Mr. Thilak Jayasiri was appointed as a Vice President of the Sri Lanka Schools’ Badminton Association.
*    The College Team emerged runners up in the “C” Division the Under 19 team Championship.
*    The Under 17 S.L.A. Ratnayake Memorial All Island Badminton Tournament was held from the 21st to the 26th of April 2017 under the total sponsorship of the College.  Students of this institution played under “A” Division. Mr. Nishantha Jayasinghe, the President of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
*    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the S.L.A. Ratnayake Memorial All Island Badminton Tournament a photograph of Mr. Ratnayake was unveiled in the Gymnasium.
*    The College team emerged Champions at Provincial Level in the All Island Schools’ Badminton Tournament held from the 21st of May to the 11th of June 2017
*    At Provincial Level Competitions the Under 17 and 20 teams emerged Champions held on the 16th of June 2017.
*    32 students of this institution were selected for the Junior Nationals after emerging Champions under the age groups Under 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19. Three students reached up to
Pre Quarter Finals and Vidush Sumanadasa reached up to Quarter Finals.
*    The College “B” Division Team was runners-up at the Under 14 Badminton Tournament organized by Richmond College, Galle.
*    32 Students participated in a coaching camp under Mr. Mahesh Ekanayake a professional badminton coach.
*    At the Zonal Tournament the Under 13 doubles reached quarterfinals. 
*    Vidush Sumanadasa reached up to quarterfinals in the Under 13 age group in an Open Badminton Tournament organized by the University of Moratuwa.
*    The Under 13 age group players reached Semi-finals in the National Badminton Championship, Uva Open Tournament and North Central Province Open Badminton Championship  


ARCHERY
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. T.D. Darling
Archery in our school shows tremendous popularity among students. Our performance at National Level is noteworthy. Some of our students have made vast strides at school level, national level and international level as well.

Pasidu Buddhadasa has performed remarkably well. He became 4th in the Sri Lanka under 17 Youth Olympic Archery Tournament and the following are some of his performance during the year under review.

    • 6th in the Open Nationals
    • 2nd in the Junior National Under 20
    • 5th in the Youth Olympic Trials
    • 6th in the Youth Olympic Trials

Ravien Dalpadadu emerged champion at International Meets. He continues his rich form and brings glory not just to the College but to the country as well. He performed remarkably well in the World Archery Youth Championship 2017 held in Rosairo Argentina and was ranked 32nd.


RIFLE SHOOTING
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. T.D. Darling
Rifle shooting is yet another sport that attracts students for its distinctiveness and prestige since it has shown tremendous scopes of development in the Uva Province in the recent past. Our students have participated and performed commendably well this year. Especially Mohomed Jiffry Usmand and R.D.M.L.T. Wimalachandra won National Level Awards this year.


FOOTBALL
Teachers-in-charge:   Mr. G. Praba 
The Under 16 Football team took part in the Zonal Meet and were placed second runners up. In the Provincial Meet the team reached up to three quarter finals and in the “Samaposha” Tournament the team played up to the second round.

The Under 18 Football team emerged champions in the Zonal Meet and at the Provincial Meet the team reached quarter finals.

Apart from these tournaments an Annual Encounter was also organized between our school and S. Thomas’ Prep School, Colpetty which was played at the Municipal Council Grounds, Bandarawela. The Under 16 and 18 matches were played at a very competitive level and the Under 16 match was won by S. Thomas’ Prep School, Colpetty and the Under 18 match was won by S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela after a thrilling encounter.


RUGBY FOOTBALL
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. T.D. Darling
The history of Rugby Football at S. Thomas’ College goes back to 1992 the year the game was introduced.

Over the years our players have performed well.

In the year 2017 Thomian Rugby players played in Inter House Tournament from which the best players were selected to the College Rugby Football Teams based on various age groups to be sent to represent the College at provincial and All Island Level Tournament.

It is noteworthy to mention the names of Mohomed Insaf who got selected to the Under 18 Sri Lanka Rugby Football Tournament.

Our players also performed well at the Under 18 All Island Division II Tournament held in Badulla. The Under 14 team participated in the All Island Rugby Football Tournament held in Ruwanwella our College team came up to Quarter Final Shield Category.


BASKETBALL
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. P. Maheenthan
We have organized home matches for all age levels of children in the school. We played matches under 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20. We have identified children with special abilities and planned to train them in a periodical manner. They have shown tremendous talents for this sport.

We have started regular practices for Under 14 students every Monday and Thursday from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm. We planned to play friendly matches and tournaments with schools in the Province.


CRICKET
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Surendrakumar (Under 13)
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. W.M.I.A. Chandrasekara (Under 15)
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S.D.J. Chathuranga (Under 17)
Two teams were registered under Division II & III. In the Division II tournament the College played four matches won two, one ended up in a draw and lost one. In Division III the “B” team played four matches won two and lost two.

The Under 14 College team participated in a tournament organized by the Sri Lanka Badulla District Association and the College team won one match, one ended up in a draw and lost the other.

The Under 15 Cricket “A” Team took part in the All Island Inter School’s Division II Cricket Tournament and played five matches in the first round and recorded two victories. One match ended up in a draw. In the second round played four matches and won one match, three matches ended up without a decision.

The Under 15 Cricket “B” Team took part in the All Island Inter School Division III Tournament and played three matches won one and one match ended up in a draw.

Thewin Amarasinghe and Savith Basnayake were selected to the Uva Provincial Team. Thewin was selected as the Uva Provincial Team Captain.

Five players were selected to the District Team: Thewin Amarasinghe (Captain) Savith Basnayake (Vice Captain) Sisara Kavinda, Dinuka Palendegedera, M.N.M. Mafaz

Our College Under 17 team played in Division III Group I and were selected for the 2nd round. The team was selected for the 1st round out of 40 teams.


KARATE
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. A. Mahendirrakumar
A training camp which was organized by the Shuhari Shotokan Karate Association was held in Badalkumbura in April 2017 under the guidance of Karate Japan Sensei Katus.

A Karate grading test for the students of S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela was held in June 2017.

Uva Province Karate Championship 2017 organized Sri Lanka Karate Federation was held in September and October 2017 at the Central College, Bandarawela. The best performer was Mahendran Diron who was placed 1st in Kumite and 2nd Kata.


WUSHU
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Irantha Porage
Wushu was introduced as a new sport to the College. This is a martial art and a sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. Wushu has developed into various forms of practice of its own focus and goals. The practice of Wushu does not only develop a strong body but also a strong mind with high moral values as its practice focuses on martial ethics.

On completing training students will be presented for interschool, Provincial and National Level tournaments. Our main goal is to make healthy, active and disciplined individuals.


SWIMMING
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Dason
Swimming can be considered as one of the earliest sports to take root in the College which began during the period of Mr. W.T. Keble, but rather unfortunately over the years the number of students taking part in swimming has been on the decline since the school does not possess a pool of its own.

However, in the recent past it is encouraging to note that a number of students have shown  keenness to take up the sport and this is mainly due to the Diyatalawa Army Academy Pool opening its doors to the public. As a result some of the students have excelled in a number of events that have been held around the island. They also took part at the All Island Meet which provided a valuable experience for them.

As at present there are around 40-50 students who attend practice sessions at Diyatalawa. These students also took part at the Uva Provincial Meet where they won many events.