Gateway rises higher in Rowing

  • Praveen named Schoolboy Sculler of the year

  • Wins 8 medals at the National Rowing Championships

Rising higher from a successful series of performances in 2017 and 2018, Gateway College excelled at the Sri Lanka Junior, Intermediate and Senior National Rowing Championships, 2019 with a medal tally of 1 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. The ages of the skilled oarsmen and oarswomen ranged from 13 to 18.

Skipper Praveen Piyadasa, after a series of three well-executed 2000m races between the heats and the finals, qualified for an intense race in the Mens' Intermediate Sculls against Sri Lanka Army, University of Colombo, and Sri Lanka Navy. Praveen finished in third place, against a serious line-up of oarsmen, just three seconds behind Hashen Hettigoda of UoC who was once holder of the course record at the Diyawanna Rowing Course. He then proceeded to clinch the prestigious title of Schoolboy Sculler at the Senior Championships two weeks later, beating oarsmen from Royal and S. Thomas’ becoming the best oarsman in the schools circuit. Praveen was also placed third in the Mens Under-23 single sculls event.

Despite great differences of age and character, in arguably the most difficult event where each oarsman rows with just one oar, the Boys Under-18 coxless pair Ayyoob Aslam and Shakkya Dassanayake won a silver and qualified for the Junior National Pool. In the single sculls which is a battle of self and mind, Anushri Udamulla and Isumi Wanniarachchi achieved 3 medals between them, with 13-year old Anushri achieving a silver. Isumi Wanniarachchi, who is her partner in the Double Sculls, pulled off a strong performance in the Under-16 Single Sculls, finishing a very close third. Isumi and Anushri finished third in the Girls Under-16 Double Sculls, competing with girls who are two years older to them, in a race where all medalists were within 10 seconds of each other.

Under the careful direction of experienced coach Sharen Kannangara and assisted by Kemil Peter, an oarsman of repute, the Gateway team displayed immense capacity to bring out the best in each member of the team.

Encouraged by the commitment of the young rowers, the Directorate of the school added two new boats – Wintech Pair Double Scull convertible and a single Scull, to its fleet of 6 boats that included 2 Fours that can be converted to Quadruple Sculls, 2 pairs that can be converted to Double Sculls and 2 Single Sculls that are named after the famous battleships of the past - Victory, Invincible, Challenger, Endeavor, Yamato and Mayflower. The school has a Coaching /Umpiring Launch too. The two new boats are named after their Founder Mr. R.I.T.Alles and their very first coach, Mr. Ajith Goonewardene. Last year, Gateway invested in a new pier in the waterway adjacent to the school to encourage rowing in the school.

Standing - left to right: Kemil Peter (Assistant Coach), Shakkya Dassanayake, Ayyoob Aslam, Praveen Piyadasa (Captain), Madam Vinita Shenoy (Principal), Uwantha Delwala (Vice-captain), Thilesh Premathilake, Lohan Tilekeratne and Sharen Kannangara (Head Coach)
Kneeling - left to right: Isumi Wanniarachchi, Anushri Udamulla, Jordyn Bradie-Miles, Oneli Nanumiarachchi, Miyuni Gunatilake

Gateway continues its supremacy in Football

Gateway College retained their U18 Inter-international Schools Football Championship for the second year running defeating their sister school Gateway College Kandy 2-0 in the finals held at Cooray Park Welewatta.

Gateway were unbeaten in the group stages defeating Lyceum Ratnapura 4-0 and Elizabeth Moir 2-0. They overcame Stafford International School 2-1 in the quarter finals before winning a hard fought semi-final against Lyceum Panadura4-3 on penalties after it was 1-1 at full time.

In a repeat of last year's Under 20 International Schools Final, Gateway Colombo once again faced off against Gateway Kandy winning the final comfortably with a 2-0 score line. Both goals were scored by captain Binitha Chandrasena who was Gateway''s top scorer in the tournament with 6 goals.

Gateway's Samunu Kaggodaarachchi, who consistently controlled the game from midfield, was adjudged as Player of the Tournament, whilst Gateway Colombo's Aaqib Imthiyaz was named as Goalkeeper of the Tournament for the second year running.

Back row L-R :
Ahil Ahmed, Zumrie Zulfikar, Ayash Dilshard, Samithu Jayasinghe, Aaqib Imthiyaz, Jehan Malik, Atheek Eusoof, Munir Aslam
Middle row L-R
Dirk Ferdinandus, Dulaj Wijewardena, Umar Fazeer, Hivin Abeysuriya, Dwayne De Mel, Isa Fahim, Malidu Gallage
Seated L-R
Maj.Gen.Bandarathilake (Head of Sports), James Heath (Head Coach), Dr. Harsha Alles (Chairman), Binitha Chandrasena (Captain), Rohini Alles (Managing Director), Samunu Kaggodaarachchi (Vice Captain), Vinita Shenoy (Principal), Rohana Perera (Deputy Principal)

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