Thusitha Peiris: From a schoolboy member to head of Havies | Sunday Observer

Thusitha Peiris: From a schoolboy member to head of Havies

26 July, 2020
Thusitha Peiris
Thusitha Peiris

Thusitha Peiris, a one time schoolboy member, was elected as Havelock Sports Club president at the club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week after defeating a former club head Tyronne Cooghne by 148 votes to 96, a majority of 52 votes in the race for the top post.

One vote was rejected that was cast in favour of both candidates and a total number of 245 votes were cast.

Peiris first wore the pink and chocolate jersey in 1993 and represented the club with distinction till 2000 while captaining Havelocks in 1998.

He had his first taste of the club’s administration in 2001 and held the post of Treasurer for 11 years which included the last six years while also holding the post of Vice President for two years.

Peiris also won the admiration of the entire club’s membership when he chose to coach the team free of charge for five years and when Havies won the League title after 30 years he was the assistant coach and treasurer as well.

He was also assistant coach of the Sri Lanka team in 2010 and served as the treasurer of the Western Province Rugby Football Union for six years.

Before his election as the president of Havies he served Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) as its secretary for two years and most of the club’s membership have now placed their trust in him to lead them into a better future.