Otters celebrate 75th anniversary today
Colombo's well-known leading family club, the 'Otter Aquatic' founded
by Greg Roszkowski and Quintus Soyza in 1933, arrives this year at a
significant milestone in its history, as it registers seventy five years
of service to its members, well-wishers and the community at large.
A sustained '75 year' existence by any standard and in any endeavour
is worthy of celebration in a manner befitting the occasion. And so in
this regard a series of open sporting events, accompanied by social
functions spread through the year, are being arranged for by the newly
elected committee under the presidency of Sisil de Silva.
The kick start to the celebrative year will be in the nature and form
of a live concert by the famous 'Gypsies' at the Club premises on Friday
13 June 2008 at 8.00 p.m. This concert which is primarily meant for
members and invitees was made possible through the enterprising efforts
of the entertainment secretary, Jeewana Fernando, and the benevolent
sponsorship by a club member.
The musical extravaganza will be preceded by the opening ceremony at
6.30 p.m. at which the chief guest will be the Minister of Sports and
Youth Affairs, Gamini Lokuge, which involve the lighting of the
traditional oil lamp, the cutting of the ceremonial jubilee cake with
members and invitees being hosted to cocktails and, rounding it all up
for the evening will be fireworks display.
These details were made known to the members of the media by the vice
president of the Otters, Vinod Lalvani, at the club on Wednesday.
Lalvani did as well dwell briefly on the history of the club, to say
that the prime objective of the club at the start, was to promote and
foster swimming, waterpolo and life saving, this did eventually broaden
out to include recreational and social activities that led to the
introduction of yet other sports such as Tennis, Basketball, Badminton,
Table Tennis, Squash, Billiards & Snooker, not forgetting the Gymnasium
and Karoke Lounge.
Lalvani made it known, that there will be improvements made by
renovations and the added infrastructures associated with the different
sports, this he felt would give impetus and drive to revitalise the
club. But the overriding focus would be to ensure that a sense of order
and decorum prevails, with a high level of discipline maintained at all
times, he said.
Associated along with Vinod Lalvani at the briefing was the
President, Sisil de Silva, Secretary Mayura Amarasinghe, Treasurer
Shantha Amarakoon the Club Captain Piyal Hewage and yet others.