Gateway - Key Contributor to Sri Lankan Athletics

Four athletes selected to the National Squad

Building on the recent success in Swimming, where 5 Gateway swimmers made it to the National Squad of 22 to represent the country at the Asian Age Group Championship, 4 athletes of Gateway have just been selected to represent Sri Lanka at the Junior SAF Games. They are Shelinda Jansen who broke a 32 year old record in 200 metres at the recently concluded Junior Nationals, Sadeepa Henderson, Sharmila Jan and Randi Cooray.

Junior National Championship

At the Junior National Championship held last week, several Gateway athletes performed exceptionally well. They included Dinara Bandara (Under 16 Girls 100m – 1 st ), Malindu Bethmage (Under 16 Boys Triple Jump – 2 nd ), Shelinda Jansen (Under 18 Girls 200m – 1 st with New Sri Lankan Record and 100m – 1 st ), Sadeepa Henderson (Under 18 Girls Long Jump – 2 nd 100m – 3 rd and 200m – 3 rd ), Randi Cooray (Under 20 Girls Triple Jump - 1 st and High Jump 3 rd ), Sharmila Jan (Under 20 Girls 100M – 2 nd and 200M– 2 nd ) and Chenuka Kasthuriarachchi (Under 20 Boys High Jump – 2 nd ).

Borella Divisional Championship

At this meet, competing with many State and Private Schools, Gateway emerged 2 nd in the Girls category and 4 th in the Boys category. Gateway’s Randi Cooray was adjudged the Best Female Athlete of the meet. She and Venura De Alwis became the Champion Athletes of their respective age groups.

In Under 12 Girls, Anuki Ramanayake came 1 st in High Jump and Damsini Wijebandara emerged 2 nd in Long Jump. The 4X50 Relay team that also included Nehansa Paranaliyanage and Sanuki Madapatha came 2 nd . In Under 14 Girls, Rukshala Wijesinghe (Long Jump – 1 st ), Sithuli Saparamadu (High Jump – 1 st ) and Nishenya Fernando (High Jump – 3 rd ) performed well for Gateway. In Under 14 Boys, Venura De Alwis (80m – 1 st , 100m – 1 st and Long Jump – 1 st ) and Minuka De Silva (Long Jump – 2 nd ) were the best performers. In Under 16 Girls, Maleeka Amith (800m – 1 st ) and Dehali Seneviratne (Shot Put – 1 st and Discuss Throw – 1 st ) excelled while in Under 16 Boys, Ranuka Senanayake (100m – 1 st and 200m – 2 nd ) and Malindu Bethmage (Long Jump – 2 nd and 100m Hurdles – 3 rd ) starred for the school.

Among the Seniors, in Under 18 Girls, Shelinda Jansen (100m – 1 st and 200m – 1 st ), Filzah Farouk (400m – 1 st 800m – 1 st and 200m – 3 rd ), and Aneesha Perera (100m Hurdles – 3 rd and Triple Jump – 3 rd ) excelled for Gateway. The 4X100 Relay team that also included Thanugi Wanniarachchi came 1 st . In Under 18 Boys, Iqram Iqbal (110m Hurdles – 2 nd ) and Binitha Chandrasena (High Jump – 2 nd ) did well for the school. In Under 20 Girls, Randi Cooray (100m Hurdles – 1 st , Triple Jump – 1 st and High Jump – 1 st ) and Natalie Malpana (200m – 1 st and 100m – 2 nd ) performed very well. The 4X100 and 4X400 Relay teams that also included Sharmila Jan and Sajali Hettiarachchi came 1 st in both events. In Under 20 Boys, Chenuka Kasthuriarachchi (High Jump – 1 st ) and Udesh Ranasinghe (Triple Jump – 2 nd ) brought honour to the school.

International Schools Athletics Championship

The athletes of Gateway College displayed their prowess at the 18 th International Schools Athletics Championship by performing exceptionally well in their respective events. At this premier event, the contingent of Gateway College proved their supremacy by securing 22 Gold Medals, 18 Silver Medals, 25 Bronze Medals. Gateway athletes also won the most prestigious awards at the meet, namely the ‘Best Performer’ (Randi Cooray), the ‘Best Male Athlete’ (Chenuka Kasthuriarachchi) and the ‘Best Female Athlete’ (Randi Cooray).

Five Age Group Championships were won by Gateway’s Venura De Alwis (Under 14 Boys), Sadeepa Henderson (Under 18 Girls), Sharmila Jan and Randi Cooray (Under 20 Girls’ Joint Champions) and Udesh Ranasinghe (Under 20 Boys). Among the other top achievers of Gateway were Binitha Chandrasena who won his 10 th consecutive gold medal at ISAC in High Jump. Minuka De Silva, Shazeen Shaheen, Shelinda Jansen, Filzah Farouk and Ishini Yatigammana were the other gold medalists of Gateway. Four relay teams of Gateway also won gold medals – Under 16 Boys 4x100m, Under 18 Girls 4x100m & 4x400m, Under 20 Girls 4x100m.

One Million Rupee Award for the Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year

The wonder of teachers is that they take on learners from every walk of life and face every challenge imaginable. Every child, from whatever his or her starting point, is viewed as an individual with high potential and is nurtured to achieve the highest goal he or she is capable of. Teachers are expected to be the ‘Life Changers’ as society entrusts them to guide its children to fulfil their full potential and achieve what they aspire to.

The award

In honour of all dedicated and committed teachers, Aravinda De Silva, Sri Lanka’s elite cricketer and the match winner of the 1996 world cup final has come forward to contribute One Million Rupees to initiate an annual teacher award which will be open to all teachers of Sri Lanka. Aravinda, recalling the influence Mr. R.I.T.Alles had on his success, mentions that teachers of the calibre of Mr. Alles should be considered as nation builders. Aravinda’s late Father, Sam De Silva too was a teacher before he joined the corporate sector. His wife, Mrs. Anushka De Silva, volunteers herself to teach children with special needs. Aravinda believes that their blessings have contributed in numerous ways to make him what he is today.


‘The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year’ award is open to all teachers of Sri Lanka, be they from the state, private or international sector, who demonstrate sincere commitment to the furthering of the learning and development of students in Sri Lanka. The entire award process is managed by the International Forum for Teachers (IFT), which has been pioneered by the Gateway Graduate School (the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group) along with international organisations of repute such as Pearson Edexcel and the University of Nottingham. The final selection of the awardee will be made in the first week of July 2018 while the nomination process for the award will be closed by the end of May 2018. The winner will receive the award on the 14 th of July at the BMICH, at the end of proceedings of this year’s IFT.

Criteria for the award

The Award Selection Committee will evaluate the evidences provided for each nominee against the following six criteria:

  1. Being an exemplary member of the teaching profession at one’s own institution and within the wider teaching community.
  2. Using innovative teaching practices to support the learning process of the students in the classroom and beyond.
  3. Scholarly contribution to the furtherance of issues related to teaching, learning and educational quality within Sri Lanka and beyond.
  4. Supporting the achievement of excellence in academic pursuits among students.
  5. Supporting the achievement of excellence in co-curricular pursuits among students.
  6. Contribution to the wider community through teaching and other worthwhile initiatives.
The members of the Award Selection Committee will consider the quality of the evidences produced on behalf of the nominee and not just the quantity of the evidences.

A transparent system

The award process is to be overseen by an Award Selection Committee which encompasses five eminent members who are recognised professionals in the field of education. Of these, four members are Sri Lankan and one member is a non-Sri Lankan educationist of international repute. Each nomination must be accompanied by two letters of support from the following people:

  1. The Head of the educational institution at which the nominee is employed as a teacher.
  2. A colleague at the educational institution at which the nominee is employed as a teacher.
In addition to the letters of support, the proposer of the nominee is required to submit a cover letter, the curriculum vitae of the nominee and relevant evidences (documents, videos, news articles, published materials, testimonials, learning materials developed by the nominee and publications by the nominee) to support the nomination for the award.

Nomination form and further information

Nomination form for The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year award can be downloaded from the International Forum for Teacher (IFT) website: Further information about the award can be obtained by calling Rushika or Imeshi on 0772256356, 0112695103 and 0112695107 or by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In highly developed countries, the best minds become teachers and the profession is held in high esteem. If Sri Lanka is to be competitive in this global landscape, we will need to attract a larger number of talented young people to this noble profession. ‘The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year’ award and the ‘International Forum for Teachers’ are all aimed towards elevating the status of the teacher and appreciate the yeoman service that they carry out in nation building.

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