Stars that Sparkled Among Others

It was a stunning night filled with stars. All these stars were shining brightly because all their hard work done throughout the year was paid off. It was none other than the Colours Awarding Ceremony 2015. Among these stars there were some special ones whose achievements made them sparkle above others. Few special awards were presented to felicitate their brilliant achievements.

Most of the people think if someone excels in sports they ruin their education. But there are some talented stars who have done so many commitments and dedication shedding their sweat to tackle both and accomplish their triumphs in both studies and sports.

This year’s best novice oarsman award, the pioneer oar donated by Rowing Club of University of Moratuwa was presented to Achintha Ihalage and best novice oarswoman award was presented to Sachini Piyamal for their immense dedication towards the sport.

Achintha is a brilliant student in the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of Faculty of Engineering. He is a proud product of Gampaha Thakshila College and Ananda College being the island 1st for Advance level Combined Maths subject. Not only in academics, he has mastered in his career of sports too. He started his sporting career during his school time. First at school he was a skillful swimmer as well as a chess player and he has been the Gampaha District Champion for consecutively 3 years, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He started rowing after entering to the university. He was a member of the B pair which won the 1st place in the Regatta organized by University of Moratuwa with the collaboration of SL Army. Not only that he was a member of the A pair which won the 1st place in South West Monsoon Regatta organized by the Colombo Rowing Club and he was a member of the B pair and A four which emerged to win the gold medals at Inter university games 2015. This award was presented in recognition of his commitment towards the sport.

Sachini Piyamal is another dedicated oarswoman who was privileged to be awarded as a 1st year colourswoman. Sachini was a member of the women’s pair that emerged champions in the Inter Monsoon Regatta organized by ARSL. She was also a member of the women’s A pair that won the 1st place and women’s A four that emerged runners up in Inter University games 2015. Not only that she was a member of the pair that placed runners up in Sri Lanka national rowing championship women’s open category pair event and 2nd runners up in over 18 double scull event in the same regatta. She can be recognized as the future of the Mora Rowing women’s team and now serves as the vice-captain of the team. Her immense commitment and dedication towards the sport was appreciated by this award.

The Malik Jann Award, presented to the coloursman with the highest 1st year GPA was won jointly by Sasanda Wayanthi Chandrarathne and Chamal Prashan.

Sasanda Wayanthi Chandrarathne is a name which is always shining in the legend of Sri Lankan women’s rowing and inscribed in golden letters in Mora Spirit. Sasanda is a brilliant student of the Department of Building Economics of Faculty of Architecture. She is a proud product of Hillwood College, Kandy. Other than rowing she has participated in athletics and netball last year but most of the time she engages in rowing. Other than at university, she plays for the clubs and row for Colombo Rowing Club. In international level she has participated at the Madras Colombo Regatta representing the Colombo Rowing Club and took part in ARAE, a regatta which was organized by the Rowing Association in East and emerged second in that event. In 2014 she was a member of the four that won the 1st place in the Junior Coxed Four event at the Head of Beira event. In the same year she won a scull gold medal and she was a member of the university rowing crew which emerged the champions at Inter University Regatta. Her team won the gold medal in Coxed Four event in the over 18 category and she won the gold medal in the scull event in the over 18 category at the 29th Sri Lanka Rowing National Championship. Also she won the gold at the Indoor Rowing National Championship 2015. Her commitment towards academics and sports was acknowledged by this award.

Malik Jann joint award winner Chamal Prashan is first year coloursman of the men’s hockey team and an outstanding student of Department of Computer Science Engineering in the Faculty of Enginnering who has been selected to dean list consecutively for 3 semesters. He is a proud product of Nalanda College Colombo. Chamal was a member of the men’s Hockey team which became the champions in the Kelani Sixes hockey Tournament 2015 and runners up in Pera Sixes Hockey tournament 2015. He was also a member of the men’s hockey team which emerged as a quarter finalists at Colombo Hockey Association Bacon Cup tournament. This award perceives Chamal’s immense passion towards sports and academics.

R.A.M.M. Perera was awarded the Daham Anuradha Award for the coloursman with the highest 2nd year GPA.

Ishitha Piyawadani of Department of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering was recognized as the Most Outstanding Sportswoman of the year. She was awarded the Gunathilake Challenge Trophy in appreciation of her outstanding achievements in Karate throughout the year. She is a proud product of Devi Balika Vidyalaya. Her love towards Karate was due to the influence she got from her father Mr. Lokukaluge Nandasiri who currently serves as the National chief coach of karate. She started her Karate career when she was just five years old and now she has reached to the peak of her career. Among her many achievements, representing Sri Lanka in Asian Karate Championship 2010 held in Honk Kong- China and SAG in 2013 held in Dubai in the Kumite(Fighting)events age under 21 under 61 weight category are the international level achievements. Among her many achievements last year, the most outstanding one was being the champion at National Championship in Karate under 61kg weight category. Ishitha’s excellent performances reflect the capability of our university sports women even to invade the international sporting arena. Her family members, university coach Sensei Ruwan Satharasinghe and friends and colleagues are the backbones of her success.

Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It is something we call heart power. Once a man has made his commitment, nothing will stop him short of success. Ashan Weerasekara is one such person who has made great commitment towards sports and academics. To be the most outstanding sportsman and the best all-rounder of the year and tackle two tough sports hockey and baseball and with all of that correctly balance his studies Ashan has the undying passion, commitment and dedication towards sports and academics. He started his career as Baseball and hockey players during his school time in Royal College Colombo. Currently he is a final year student of the department of Business Economics in Faculty of Architecture. During his school time he was a member of the under 18 national baseball squad. Among his many achievements during the past few years he was the captain of the baseball university team in 2014 and the captain of hokey university team in 2015. It is proud to say that in 2014 Ashan was awarded as the “Best Hitter” at Sri Lanka National Baseball Knockout Tournament and was a member of the Sri Lankan Baseball national team in 2015. He is such an amazing sportsman who has achieved far too many victories to be mentioned here.

The final message of the day is that commitment is the turning point of your life where you seize that moment and convert it to an opportunity to alter your destiny and when you are committed to do something you stop at no excuses, you only accept the victorious results.

Article By Chamathka Gajanayake

Edited by Savi Sathyani

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