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Trinity honour best sportsmen

Trinity College honoured its sportsmen at their annual prize-giving held on Friday as the governor of the Central Province Maithri Gunaratne pinned the Ryde Gold Medal on the most outstanding student Bhagya Ranasinghe.

The other sports awards were bestowed on under-17 cricketers K.W.A. Anandakumara (batting), K. Dias (bowling), SHTD Bandara (fielding) and best all rounder Umair Raizan.

The First X1 awards went to H. Jayasuriya (batting), V. Nethumal (bowling), T.R. Dilshan (fielding) and best all rounder T. Weerasooriya.

The Cricketer of the Year prize was bestowed on Hasitha Boyagoda while Sri Lanka youth cricketers P. Bandara and R. Peiris also received awards.

In rugby the most improved player for the Alex Lazarus award went to Mahdi Abdullah while the Ruggerite of the Year for the Harry Goonatillake award went to V. Ranaraja.

In athletics the A.H.T de Soysa trophy was won by K. Ratnayake while in “Open Athletics” category the “Duncan White” Cup went to P. Ratnayake.

The Most Promising athletes (field) was S.B. Dissanayke and HMUS Gammudali (track) while GGKJ Gamage was the best weightlifter.

In football the Footballer of the Year award went to NM Divyan and the Chess Player of the Year prize went to JMYB Jayasundara.

The Badminton Player of the Year award went to Y.S.Rodrigo while the Basketball Player of the Year prize was taken away by G.M. Nanayakara and the Swimmer of the Year title went to AIS Dikdeniya.

The Table Tennis Player of the Year award went to P. Karunaratne and the Best Hockey Player for the Paul Jeyara trophy went to SH Aamir Shoaib while karate special awards went out to NSP Illukkumbura, OL Bandara, JMS Jayasinghe, and RL Weerakoon.

The Best Sportsman of the Year was T. Weerasooriya for the Outstanding Team Performance 2018 in the weightlifting team and boxing.

The Best House in sports was the Central Boarding House and Best All-round House award was taken by Simithaarahchy House.

The Ryde Gold Medal was first presented in 1908 to John Andrew, but he was not the first boy in the history of the school to be adjudged the best all-rounder. Historical records show that such a prize has been awarded as early as 1894. The Ryde Gold Medal is named after Rev. R. W. Ryde, Principal of Trinity (1900-1902).