Gateway Juniors Excel in Squash

Manuth Dassanayake (U-11) and Bihandu Nanayakkara (U-13) of Gateway College Colombo won the Age Group Championships at the recently concluded Junior National Open Squash Championships played at the SSC sports club.

Five students of Gateway College, Colombo took part in this tournament. Manuth won the U-11 Championship and was placed 3rd in U-13. At the U-11 Final, he beat Kaveen Kohombange of Stafford International School 03-01 - (11-6) (12-10) (7-11) (11-8). He also beat Shehara Dias of St. Joseph's College 03-02 - (8-11) (11-6) (11-7) (9-11) (11-3) who secured the 3rd place.

Bihandu playing the final with Tharul Pinwatta of Royal College, won by a margin of 03-00 - (11-2) (11-2) (11-3). He also played in the U-15 tournament and was placed 5 th following a walkover from Rilwan Mohammed of St. Joseph College.

Playing U-11 Novices, Oshadha Udumalagala secured the runner up position losing to Risindu Perera of St. Peter's College.

Having an in-house Squash court, the sport is growing in popularity at Gateway College, especially among the youngsters. These outstanding results have been possible due to the efforts of the Coach C.H. Thalagala who has been responsible for training the juniors from the very beginning.

Gateway College Relay Team ranked 9th in Asia

Gateway College Colombo Under 20 Girls Relay Team ranked overall 9th for the 4x100m and 11th for the 4x400m in Asian Rankings for the year 2020. They recorded a performance of 48.51s and 4:05.17s respectively to achieve this feat. Teams representing the Forces and Universities from Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea, Taipei, Thailand, India and Iran were ranked above the Gateway Team. Gateway Girls team was the only junior team that was in this ranking.

The record breaking team included Shelinda Jansen, Sadeepa Henderson, Filzah Farouk and Dahamya Liyanage. In 2018, Shelinda Jansen who clocked 24.07 secs at the 200M Youth Olympics held in Argentina, was recognized to be the fastest female athlete in Asia in her age group and the 9 th in the world. Shelinda’s achievement was the 3 rd best performance in all time Sri Lankan junior athletics history, behind Susanthika Jayasinghe and Damayanthi Dharsha.

Only 3 school teams have recorded a timing below 49s in 4x100m in the history of Sri Lanka. Besides the victorious team of Gateway in 2020, they include the teams from Gateway College Colombo and St. Joseph’s College Kegalle who achieved this feat in 2012.

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