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Swarnamali-Oarswoman of the Year 2008

Musaeus College rowing captain for 2009 Swarnamali Wijesinghe was named as 'The Oarswoman of the Year 2008' after her fine performances during the period of April 2008 to April 2009 by the Colombo Rowing Club together with the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka.

The 17-year-old Swarnamali won the trophy for the Oarswoman of the Year 2008 due to hard work and dedication. She has brought honour and glory to Musaeus College from the year 2005 under the captaincy of yet another fine rower Uvini Atapattu.

Swarnamali said that rowing has become her passion and this is the best and fantastic period of her life. Her target is to continue rowing even after her school career and go for the Olympics or at least the world championships and somehow win a gold medal and become a professional oarswoman.

An 'A' Level student Swarnamali who started rowing at the age of 13 and it appears that rowing is in her blood. She is ever confident that she will achieve her target.

She added that her first coach Ajith Gunawardena former Thomian and Sri Lanka elite oarsman and former national coach for his guidance to come to the top in rowing.

"Presently my coach Lasantha Welikala is continuing to support me in a big way. I consider myself privileged to be the captain of a group of 24 dedicated girls who have gone through hours of rigorous training who have stood by me in victory and defeat."

Swarnamali said that Musaeus College was the first girls school to take up to rowing in 1998 followed by Ladies College. Rowing is a rare sport that only few schools could afford to indulge. Furthermore one needs much courage and daring to go out in the water but our rowers have evinced much prowess in rowing with enthusiasm giving much of their time, practising regularly.

Swarnamali's some achievements in rowing: 2007 - The Bengal Rowing Club International School Regatta winner of Girls Fours event Swarnamali (bow), Vinuri Jayasundera (2), Sachitra Jayathilake (3), Naduni Perera (S), and Sanjeevani Kularatne (cox) 2007 Rowing Nationals - Swarnamali became the under 16 champion, Wonchbel girls sculler of the year trophy, under-19 champion in the girls pairs - Swarnamali (bow) and Naduni Perera (stroke) (2) Girls fours champions - Sanjeevani Kularatne (C), Naduni Perera (S), Sachitra Jayathilake (3), Vinuri Jayasundara (2), Swarnamali (bow), Open four winner - Sanjeeva (C), Naduni (S), Sachitra (3), Vinuri (2), Swarnamali (bow) 2008 - The Bengal Rowing Club International School Regatta - winner of girls senior fours event, winner of girls senior scull event. Rowing nationals - women's under-16 sculls winner, winner of school girl sculler of the year trophy, winner of President's Trophy, winner ladies plate trophy. Winner - The Oarswoman of the Year Trophy 2008.

She finally said that the much looked forward to annual Musaeus-Ladies dual regatta and Ranter Sprints regatta and the forthcoming National rowing championships will be a very good test to her team.

The crew is raring to go for bigger victories.

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