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ATHLETICS

Sports Coordinator/ Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Prabath Wijekoon

The year 2018 was significant to the Thomian athletes due to their great achievements.

The Annual Inter House Sports Meet was held during the first half of February and after its completion, students were identified to represent the College in the field of Athletics.

The Zonal and Provincial Meets were held during the first term and athletes who excelled in their respective events were also selected to represent the College at the All Island Athletic Meet during the second term. Ravindu Yasas Amarasinghe who holds many Provincial records managed to enter the Under 18 400m finals.

Other than this major event, students also took part in the Junior and Senior Sir John Tarbet Meet in Colombo and Anuradhapura respectively. Many of our students performed creditably.


INDOOR GAMES

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. R.M.T. Jayasiri

Appointing Office Bearers for the Indoor Games Club was done on 9th November 2018. A special Badminton Training Camp was held on 27th and 28th of January 2018 under the patronage of Mr. Mathesh Ekanayake.

In addition to that, to train the judges to officiate at the S.L.A. Ratnayake Badminton Tournament was held on the 10th March 2018 by a Senior Badminton coach of the Badminton Association, Mr. S. Sanjeewa 12 students who assisted as judges at the tournament were issued certificates to the effect.

A special class level training programme to create awareness and an interest in the students to play Carrom, Chess, Draught and Badminton was held in the month of May.

The Annual Indoor Sports Tournament was held for students across all the ages and the teachers and the awarding ceremony was held.

Students are provided the facilities to engage themselves in practices every day of the College Indoor Stadium.


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 All Island Schools’ Chess Tournament 2018 (Team Games) was held at the College from the 12th to the 14th of October 2018. More than 1400 players from all around the country took part in this event. Five teams comprised of 35 competitors of all age categories took part.

Isuru Saneth Kekulawala of the Under 16 age group became the best player of the 7th Board All Island Chess Championship.

The Badulla District Youth Chess Championship Tournament was held at s. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela. Nine competitors were selected to participate in the Youth Chess Championship finals held from the 27th to the 30th of December 2018 at D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo and performed remarkably well.

TENNIS

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Dason

Although not one of the front line sports in the College, we are proud to note that there is a strong drive as a large number of students from the Primary School have keenly taken up the sport. Regular practices are held under the guidance of a Tennis coach from the Bandarawela Tennis Club. During the year in review a few of our students took part in the All Island Junior Tennis Championship at Kurunegala and this exposure has certainly brought about good results.

In the senior category, Chanith Mintha de Silva continues to impress. As a top ranked player Chanith regularly takes part in tournaments across the country and has certainly made the College proud.


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 17 team led by Savith Basnayake and the Under 20 team led by Chadeesha Silva were able to become Champions. At the All Island Table Tennis  Tournament held at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia the Under 18 B Division and Under 12 E Division were ranked third place. The Public Services Club of Bandrawela conducted a Table Tennis Tournament and our College became Champions in all age groups.

Dinula Attanayake became Champion in the All Island Schools’ Under 8 and in the International Private Schools Under 8 age groups.

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 for which teams from 15 schools participated. Our College became Champions in all age groups.

Savith Basnayake became Champion in the Under 18, Under 21, Open Men’s (Singles) Open Men’s (Doubles) and Open (Mix Doubles) at the Zonal Schools’ Table Tennis Tournament organized by the Public Services Club of Bandarawela. Adeesha Thilakarane became the Under 15 runner up.


BADMINTON

Teacher-in-charge:  Mr. R.M.T. Jayasiri
Assistant: Mrs. P.L.N.D. Cooray

The College was honoured with the appointment of the Headmaster, Revd. Christopher Balraj as the Vice President of the Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association

In January 2018, an Old Boy of the College, Mr. R.M. Sadeep Gimhana’s services were obtained to train the College Badminton Team.

Badminton Training Camps were held on the 11th and 12th of February by Trainer Mr. Mahesh Ekanayake and on the 8th, 9th and 10th for the under 17 College team. Consequently a tournament was held with the participation of teams from Wattala OKI International School and Gampaha Holy Cross College.

The 27th Annual S.L.A. Ratnayake Memorial Badminton Tournament was held from the 22nd to the 25th of April at the College. Mr. Roshan De Silva the Proprietor of Maclerance Group of companies and Mr. Nishantha Jayasinghe, the President of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association were among the many dignitaries that graced the occasion. Furthermore, a special New Year Festival was organized for the participants of the tournament on the 23rd of April and the prizes were awarded for the winners.

The College team which participated in the Under 19 ‘B’ Division emerged Champions.

The Under 17 and Under 20 teams participated in the All Island National Level Badminton Tournament after being qualified at the Uva Provincial Tournament organized by the Ministry of Education.

The College Under 15, 17 and 19 teams displayed their skills and won the Junior Zonal Championships respectively. Vidush Sumanadasa was able to battle his way up to the semi-finals which was remarkable.

In the tournament organized by the Uva Provincial Badminton Association which was held at our College on 14th and 15th of July under 15, 17 and 19 teams recorded victory in both singles and doubles. Vidush Sumanadasa became the Champion of the Open Category.

The Under 11 and 13 teams participated in doubles tournament held in Kurunegala organized by the Sri Lanka Schools’ Badminton Association.

In a tournament organized by the Sri Lanka Schools’ Badminton Association in collaboration with the Uva Provincial Badminton Association from the 13th to the 18th December 2018 held at College, Vidush Sumanadasa became runner up in the under 15 Category while Samuditha Ratnayake and Thusitha Wijesinghe became the runners up in the Under 19 doubles.

It is an honour to mention that Vidush Sumanadasa had become the number 01 player of the under 15 category of Sri Lanka.


ARCHERY

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. T.D. Darling

Students underwent training and performed well at Junior Senior and National Level Competitions.

Ravien Dalpatadu was the most significant among all of them who participated in the Youth Olympic 2018 Games held in Argentina and ranked 2nd in the Asian Region and 6th in the world.

RIFLE SHOOTING

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. T.D. Darling

This sport started recently, however the shooters who are enrolled are practicing hard. The Provincial Rifle Shooting Meeting – 2018 was held at S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela for which 22 schools of the region participated. Among the twelve students who performed remarkably well, two sharp shooters were awarded medals and certificates. These two students namely D.A.Y.A Serasinghe and Janitha P. Bandara Dissanayake received colours award at the National Award Ceremony held at the BMICH.


FOOTBALL

Teachers-in-charge:   Mr. G. Praba  

The Under 14 Football team took part in the Sri Lanka Schools’ “Samaposha” Football Tournament. In the Provincial Meet the team played up to the second round. The Under 14 team played four matches winning three matches.

The Under 16 Football team took part in the Sri Lanka Schools’ Football Tournament organized by the Ministry of Education. They were placed Champions in the Zonal Level, 2nd Runners up in the Provincial Level and played up to the second round in the All Island Level.
The team played 9 matches and won seven matches.

The Under 16 Football team also took part in the Sri Lanka Schools’ Football Federation Tournament and were placed fourth in the Uva Province. Played five matches won 4 matches

The Under18 Football team took part in the Sri Lanka Schools Football Tournament organized by the Ministry of Education and were placed Champions in the Zonal Level and played up to the second round in the Provincial Level. The team played four matches and won three.

The Under 20 Football team took part in the Sri Lanka Schools’ Football Tournament organized by the Ministry of Education and were placed Champions in the Zonal Level. They played three matches and won all of them.


FUTSAL

Teachers-in-charge:   Mr. G. Praba  

The Under 12 Futsal team participated in the first edition of the Inter Schools’ Milo Futsal Carnival. Our team reached the quarter finals at Provincial Level. Our team played four matches and won three matches.


RUGBY FOOTBALL

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Prabath Wijekoon

At present, there are around 40 to 50 students who attend regular practices at junior and senior levels. These practices are conducted under the guidance of a coach and the students also had the opportunity of participating in number of matches and tournaments during 2018. Among these the most prominent was the Rugby Carnival held at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia which was organized by S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and the Singer Tournament held at the Rajasinghe Grounds at Ruwanwella.

We are also proud to announce that the Under 18 team emerged as Plate Semi Finalists in this tournament.


BASKETBALL

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. P. Maheenthan

The Under 18 Basketball team participated in the All Island Schools’ Basketball Tournamnet and performed well.

Basketball practices are held every Mondays and Thursdays at 3.30 pm for the Under 14 and 16 students.


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)
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. A.M.R.S. Attanayake (Under 19)

The Under 13 A Team played 5 matches in the first round, won two matches and two matches ended in a draw. They qualified for the second round. In the second round they played four matches and won one match.

The Under 13 B Team played four matches in the first round won two matches and one match ended in a draw. They qualified for the second round. In the second round they played three matches.

Methwin Rajapaksha was the highest wicket taker of the season (29 wickets at the average of 4.17) Risara Wickramasinghe performed well both in bat and ball. (207 runs at the average of 29.57 and 15 wickets average 8.93) Nidula Nawasinghe was the highest run getter in the season (239 runs average 34.14)

The Under 15 Team took part in the All Island Inter School Cricket Tournament 2018 and played five matches in the first round and recorded a victory. Two matches ended up in a draw. Unfortunately they did not get enough points to go to the next round.

The Under 17 Team played nine matches won seven matches. They reached up to the pre-quarter level. Thewin Amarasinghe, Savith Basnayake and Dinuka Pelendegedara were selected to the District Team.

The Under 19 Team was promoted from Division III Level III to Level I. They played sixteen matches out of which seven were tournament matches and nine were traditional matches. The team won five matches and three matches ended in a draw.

Thewin Amarasinghe scored 1429 runs in the season.

KARATE

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. A. Mahendirrakumar

The College Karate team did remarkably well in the year 2018. They participated in many championship tournaments as well as in many grading tests and brought glory and honour to the College.

*    Akashi National Championship – 2018
Ten Karate players represented the College under different categories and won Three Gold Medals Two Silver Medals and Five Bronze Medals

*    10th Open South Asian Karate Championship 2018
This event was held in Ratnapura and our team won Eight Gold Medals, Seven Silver Medals and Two Bronze Medals.

*    The Sri Lanka Karate Federation Meet 2018
R. Jeshindaruban participated and won the second place in the Uva Province and was selected to participate in the all Island Competition.

*    Sankukai Shofokan Karate Do Academy Grading Exam 2018 grading exam was held at this institution in November 2018


WUSHU

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Irantha Porage

Wushu was introduced as a new sport to the College in the year 2017. This is a martial art and a sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. Sport Wushu is categorized into two main categories namely Taolu (Routine competition) and Sanda (Free fighting competition). 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.

Training sessions are conducted every Tuesdays and Wednesdays and approximately 25 students have joined the Wushu team.

After completing training, students will participate for events in College functions, District, Provincial and National Level Tournaments. Our main goal is to make a healthy, active and disciplined sportsman.

The College Wushu Team participated in the 2018 Inter School Wushu Competition at the University of Ruhuna, Matara conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools’ Wushu Association. They also participated in the Drill Display at the Annual Inter House Sports Meet 2018.

SWIMMING

Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Dason

As at present around 30 of our students actively take part in the sport of swimming. Although the school does not have a pool of its own these students take part in practice sessions at the Diyatalawa Military Academy. These sessions have also paved the way for these students to take part in events organized by the Academy.

We are also proud to note that three of our students namely Gaveesha Himaranga, Hirantha Perera and Isuru Udana have performed quite well in the All Island Meets as well. Our students also had the privilege of taking part in a Swimming Coaching Programme in Badulla under the guidance of veteran Sri Lankan swimmer Mr. Julian Bowling.