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Rigorous training rewards rowers with five golds

Standing from left: Ruven Weerasinghe, Ishika de Silva, Sandesh Bartlett, Shehan Muthugala, Sajin de Livera. Seated from left: Arjun Wickramanayake, Hashen Hettigoda, Swarnamali Wijesinghe and Samaakhya Gajanayake. Absent: Coaches Anuradha Nataraja and Kaveen Rajapakse
Standing from left: Ruven Weerasinghe, Ishika de Silva, Sandesh Bartlett, Shehan Muthugala, Sajin de Livera. Seated from left: Arjun Wickramanayake, Hashen Hettigoda, Swarnamali Wijesinghe and Samaakhya Gajanayake. Absent: Coaches Anuradha Nataraja and Kaveen Rajapakse

Sri Lankan rowers continuing from where they left last year, kicked-off the new year with the Colombo Rowing Club (CRC) emerging champions by winning five golds and a solitary silver at the 78th ARAE-FEARA regatta in Kolkatta, India last week while the men clinched the Hoogley Trophy with a tally of 28 points.

Though the CRC crew consisted of nine athletes (six men and three women) small by club standards, it was the best team that returned to the island with six medals.

The Amateur Rowing Association of the East, is a regatta, founded by a few clubs, the Madras Boat Club, Colombo Rowing Club, Calcutta Rowing Club and Bengal Rowing Club to name a few.

The regatta has had many international rowing clubs taking part over the years across many parts of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.

Full results:

Indoor Rowing Ergometer Championship

Open ARAE Men’s category

Ruven Weerasinghe (3.09.9)- Silver

Women’s category

Open ARAE Women’s Double Scull

Swarnamali Wijesinghe,

Samaakhya Gajanayake- Gold

Open ARAE Women’s Pair

Ishika de Silva, Swarnamali Wijesinghe- Gold

Men’s Category

Open ARAE Men’s Scull

Arjun Wickramanayake- Gold

Open ARAE Men’s Double Scull

Hashen Hettigoda, Arjun Wikramanayake- Gold

Open ARAE Men’s Four (Willingdon trophy)

Ruven Weerasinghe

Shehan Muthugala

Sajin De Livera

Sandesh Bartlett- all Gold

The team was coached by Anuradha Nataraja and Kaveen Rajapakse. 

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