From: Darrel Ludowyke
Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:43:41 AM PST
Subject: BENEDICTINE COLOURS NIGHT
The following was by Felix Dias.
The grand event to honour, felicitate and reward the outstanding performers in sports and related co-curricular activities in the year 2017, was held in the newly refurbished College Hall on Saturday, 3rd November 2018, in the presence of a large number of clergy, parents and old boys. It was a glittering occasion, conducted with precision, lights, glamour with Benedictine finesse, with all arrangements made by the teachers, together with the students, who were able to showcase their inherent talent and capabilities.
The Chief Guest for the occasion was Rev. Bro. Granville Perera, former Director of SBC, during whose tenure (2003 – 2012), SBC had a period of glory and success in academics, sports and also mega infrastructure development, notably the Reengineering of the College playground and construction of the Swimming Pool, which was a long felt need of Benedictines then.
The event included Merit Awards, Colours, Star Awards, Appreciation Awards, Special Awards, culminating with the coveted ‘Benedictine Spirit Award’ and the award for the most outstanding sports captain for the year 2017. Awards were presented for Cadetting, Scouting, Swimming, Chess, Tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Karate, Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. The awards presentations were interspersed ‘Oscars” style with entertainment items which included Music vocal and instrumental, Dancing, Gymnastics display, Karate video clips etc., the highlight being the magnificent Kandyan Dancing spectacle performed by the College Oriental Dancing Troupe, with 3 generations of dancing teachers dancing from the same family also joining in. It drew loud applause from the entire audience.
There were 217 awards presented with the most important ones being made towards the end. Whilst all names are printed in the Souvenir, in this description only the names of the most outstanding performers are given below as they deserve special recognition.
Best Swimmer : Sherolan Joshua
Best Tennis player : Daniel Meron Roshan
Best Hockey player : Andrew Jonathan Fernando
Best Basketball player : Erosh Reckerman
Best Footballer : Ajith Jonathan
Best Gymnast : Kenira Hirun Jayanath
Best Rugby player : Yenidu Fernando
Best Karateka : Shamal Amerasinghe
Best Athlete : Amash Bopitiya
Best Junior Cadet : Pasindu Shenal Dinelka
Best Senior Cadet : Yasas Martinus
Best Junior Swimmer : Shenal Perera
Best Senior Swimmer : Deshaka Seneviratne
Best Junior Chess player : Kevin Ranidu Silva
Best Senior Tennis player : Alex Rajiv
Best Junior Basketball player : Tharusha Candappa
Best Senior Basketball player : Ravintha Perera
Best Junior Footballer : Clastian Fernando
Best Senior Footballer : Sharon Fernando
Best Gymnast : Sahiru Yasodya Silva
Best Junior Karateka : Omesh Rashmitha
Best Senior Karateka : Edward Brian
Best Junior Ruggerite : Sahan Amerasinghe
Best Senior Ruggerite : Eranga Seneviratne
Best Junior Scout : P.J.A. Gomez
Best Senior Scout : Livanson Kevin
Best All Rounder, Bowler and
Senior Cricketer : Mahesh Theekshana
Best Batsman : Kaveesha Jayatilake
Best Junior Cricketer : Thenuka Nandalal
Best Junior Athlete – Track : Oshada Mottau
Best Junior Athlete – Field : Nimesh Mahendran
Best Senior Athlete – Track : Thiran Ravishka Indrajith
Best Senior Athlete – Field : Mahela Jayatissa
Best Junior Athlete : Nimesh Mahendran
Athlete of the year : Santhush Weerasinghe
Sahiru Yashodya Silva – represented Sri Lanka at the Junior Asian Gymnastics Championship 2017 in Thailand.
Srian Weerasinghe – represented Sri Lanka and won Bronze Medal at the 4th Asia Pacific Karate – Kubudo Championship, Japan.
Kevin Ranidu Silva – represented Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Chess Championship, India and at the Asian Youth Chess Championship, Uzbekistan.
Santhush Weerasinghe – represented Sri Lanka at the Youth Asian Games, Thailand and placed 4th in 200 meter event.
Thiran Ravishka Indrajith – represented Sri Lanka at the Youth Asian Games, Thailand and placed 4th in 400-meter event.
Sportsman of the year – Primary School
Kemira Hirun Jayanath – represented SBC at the Junior National Gymnastics Championship, and became All Round Champion, winning the Vault, Table and Floor exercises.
Amash Bopitiya – member of SBC Athletics squad, which won the All Island Relay Championships in 2016 and 2017. Won Silver medal in 4 x 50m relay – under 12.
Supun Nimansha – member of SBC Athletics Squad which won All Island Relay Championships 2016 & 2017, and Runners up at the All Island Schools Championships 2016 & 2017, and Senior John Tarbet Championships 2016 & 2017.
member of the SBC Athletics Squad, which won the Championships 2016 & 2017, at the Colombo Zonal and Western Province meets.
won several individual medals in 400 meters and broke 16 records at All Island meets from Under 15 onwards, as a member of the SBC squad.
Qualified for IAAF Junior Championships in 2015, and participated at the Athletics Workshop 2015 in Malaysia.
Deshaka Seneviratne – represented Sri Lanka at the Malaysia Invitational Age Group Championship.
All Island Schools Gold Medalist in 50m & 100m freestyle and 4 x 100m freestyle relay.
He is presently attached to the Supershark Academy, the No.1 Swimming School in Malaysia, undergoing training in the latest advanced techniques under Malaysian Olympian Marlin Chua. His goal is to represent Sri Lanka at the 2020 Olympiad. He is the best swimmer produced by SBC after the College Swimming Pool was constructed in 2010.
‘BENEDICTINE SPIRIT AWARD’
Star Athlete Thiran Ravishka Indrajith, who as a key member of the Sri Lanka Junior 4 x 200m relay team, won Gold at the Asian Juniors and placed 8th at the World Juniors, won this coveted award for the 2nd time in succession. His grit and determination to succeed even when faced with injury and health issues, and adverse conditions makes him a worthy winner of this award, which is meant to motivate Benedictine Sportsmen to strive their best for the school and country.
BEST SPORTS CAPTAIN
SBC Athletic Captain 2016 & 2017, Shiran Angelo Jeganathan, won this prestigious award again for the 2nd time, for his exemplary leadership qualities in getting the best out of his fellow athletes, which won many laurels for the SBC Athletic team in 2016 & 2017. Shiran is presently in Singapore persuing his higher studies.
Benedictine Athletes were at last given their due recognition, at the Benedictine Colours Night on Saturday, and what was done to SBC Athletics from end 2017 onwards was indeed shameful.
Rev. Bro. Granville Perera in his address, congratulated all the award winners and encouraged them to work hard in the future. He paid a glowing tribute to all old boys who wholeheartedly encouraged and supported him to improve the standard of sports at St. Benedict’s College. Head Prefect 2017 Ravintha Perera, made it an occasion to praise the ex-sports co-ordinator and Moderator of the Board of Prefects, who worked selflessly, tirelessly and loyally for the College and the students, for his yeoman services to St. Benedict’s College. The new Sports Co-ordinator young Bro. Dilshan in his message also gave his heartfelt thanks to Rev. Bro. Pravin Vaz for his dedicated and exemplary services to the College and stated that he hopes to cross paths with him again in his future journey.
Head Prefect Shimal Benedict did the Benedictines proud as the Master of Ceremonies. Rev. Bro. Dilshan, energetic Master in Charge of Athletics Old Ben Nuwan Abeywickrema, the College ICT Head Old Ben Prasanna Silva, the Masters in Charge of all games deserve commendation and gratitude of the entire Benedictine Family for a job well done.