Royal junior, senior divers sparkle as champs | Sunday Observer

Royal junior, senior divers sparkle as champs

The champions medal winners from Royal College comprising Abhisheka Meegolla, Nithila Illukpitiya, Matheesha  Marambe, Thenuwan Meegalla, Yusuf Shihar, Geesath Fernando, Mikhail  Jayaweera, Seniru Rodrigo, Revan Abhayaratne, Nithila Illukpitiya,  Senitha Weerasekara and Induwara Gunawardena with coach Chanaka Wickremasinghe
The champions medal winners from Royal College comprising Abhisheka Meegolla, Nithila Illukpitiya, Matheesha Marambe, Thenuwan Meegalla, Yusuf Shihar, Geesath Fernando, Mikhail Jayaweera, Seniru Rodrigo, Revan Abhayaratne, Nithila Illukpitiya, Senitha Weerasekara and Induwara Gunawardena with coach Chanaka Wickremasinghe

Royal College’s diving team emerged champions in the 45th National Age Group Aquatic Championship held at the Sugathadasa Stadium and Royal College on August 15-17.

The defending champions scored 162 points followed by Thurstan College (37 points) and Otter Aquatic Club (30 points).

The team had the services of second year coloursmen Abhisheka Meegolla and Nithila Illukpitiya and Royal collected their points across all the age groups.

Matheesha Marambe (under 16) and Thenuwan Meegalla (under 14) won gold medals in the one metre and three-metre springboards as well as the five-metre platform events to contribute 30 points each for Royal College while captain Abhisheka Meegolla won one gold (1-metre springboard) and two silver medals (3-metre springboard and 5-metre platform), contributing 24 points.

Yusuf Shihar (under 14) won three silver medals (1-metre and 3-meter springboards and 5-metre platform events) and contributed 21 points to the overall tally. In under-12 junior category. Geesath Fernando and Mikhail Jayaweera won one gold and one silver medal each, contributing 15 points individually. Seniru Rodrigo in the under-12 category won a silver medal while Revan Abhayaratne (under-14), Nithila Illukpitiya (under-19), Senitha Weerasekara (under-14) and Induwara Gunawardena (under-16) won a bronze medal each. The team was coached by a former Royal and Sri Lankan diving team captain Chanaka

Wickremesinghe who represented the country in the World Diving Championship in 1999 and 2002 held in the Czech Republic and Canada.

He was the Royal Crown winner and an Asian bronze medalist at the Asian Diving Championship in Chinese Taipei in 2000 and a coach at the 21st Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia last year.

 

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