Shining Stars of the Colours Night 2013

The night sky is filled with stars that shine and add to the charm of the sky. The Colours Award Ceremony for the double season (2013/2014) was no different from a stunning night sky filled with shining stars. Among these stars were few special ones whose achievements had clearly made them stand them out from the rest. Few Special Awards of Excellence were presented to them in recognition of their brilliant all round achievements.

It takes a lot of dedication, commitment and hard work for one to excel in a sport and win colours. But during this path towards excellence in sports, many students tend to compromise on their academic excellence. But there are few talented ones who juggle both equally well and taste the peak of success in both. 

The Malik Jann Award, presented to the coloursman with the highest 1st year GPA was won by Miss. Chathurika Privihari Liyanage. She is a first year coloursman of the women’s Elle team and a brilliant student of the Department of Town and Country Planning, Faculty of Architecture. She was a member of the women’s Elle team which emerged Champions in the triangular Elle tournament between the University of Moratuwa, University of Jayawardanapura and the University of Rajarata. She was also a member of the women’s Elle team which took part in the Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG) 2013. They say “Excellence is never a result of short term effort”, and the story of Chathurika is not an exception to it too. She had been excelling in sports from her school days. She was a member of the Athletics and Elle teams at school. Her passion for Elle had made her pursue the same at the University, despite the heavy academic endeavors. Her dedication for the sport and management of academics were appreciated by this award.

"It is never too late to be what you might have been" said George Elliot, the English novelist. Nisal Menuka who was awarded the Daham Anuradha Award for the coloursman with the highest 2nd year GPA is the perfect example for this saying. He started playing Table Tennis only after entering the University and has never looked back in his journey. He was a member of the team which won the silver at the SLUG 2013. He is a third year coloursman and also the current captain of the team for this year. He is a student of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication, Faculty of Engineering and his excellence in academics is well evident too. His immense passion for both the sport and academics has won this award, showcasing yet another star in the night of colours.

Anuska Dilrukshi of the Faculty of Information Technology was recognized as the Most Outstanding Sportswoman of the year. She was awarded the Gunathilake Challenge Trophy in recognition for her outstanding achievements in Taekwondo throughout the year. She is an old girl of Vishaka Vidyalaya, Bandarawela, and has been part of the athletic team at school. Among her many achievements last year, the most important one was the silver medal she won at the National Taekwondo meet 2013. Her performance at the National Meet is clearly a message to all University sportsmen and sportswomen that their talent is not limited to the University arena. Anuska Dilrukshi is a second year coloursman and was also a member of the Taekwondo team at the SLUG 2013.

An all-rounder is special in any sport. They add value to the team as they could play many roles depending on what the situation demands. But being an all-rounder at the University requires a lot of effort and passion to do equally well both sports and academics. But juggling between three sports and academics is a task that could only be done by a true Champion all-rounder.

The Wijayasekara Challenge Trophy for the Best All Round Student (Sports and Academic) was deservingly won by Miss. Buddhika Kulasuriya. She also won the Gold medal presented by the Sport Council of the University of Moratuwa. She is a brilliant student of the Faculty of Information Technology and a proud Old Girl of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo-08. She won colours for Basketball, Netball and Athletics and was awarded Best Player for Netball. She represented the University in two SLUGs, in 2010 and 2013. She was the captain of the Netball team at the SLUG 2013. She has lead the Athletics and Netball teams, both at University and at school. She was the Games Captain at Devi Balika Vidayalaya and her excellence was evident from her school days. She has achieved numerous victories at National Level competitions for Discuss Throw from the under-15 age group. Her achievements are far too many to be mentioned here. But as all Champion sportsmen and sportswomen would say, she too said that the secret to her success as an all-rounder was her passion and dedication for both of them.

There is an important lesson to be learnt for anyone from these champions: “No matter what others say and how difficult it may seem to be, if you love something and commit yourself to doing it, then there are only a few things in this world you wouldn’t be able to achieve”


By – Farazath Ahamed

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