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Mowbray Athletes steal the limelight

Athletes from the little known Mowbray Girls College, Kandy, clinched three titles at the Kandy District Junior Athletic Championship and Senior Relay Carnival organised by the Kandy District Athletics Association and worked off for two days at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy and concluded on Wednesday.

Over three thousand athletes were on show at this Junior Athletic championship which was for schools in the Kandy District with all the leading schools participating.

Mowbray Girls College is a small school atop the mountain which skirts the Kandy Lake and has a student population of around 500 mostly boarders. But they do not have a playground of their own to practise and they use the road early in the mornings or any other ground which is available says their devoted coach Dhammika Lokuhettige who himself travels all the way from Gampola to train the girls.

The achievement of Mowbray Girls College is creditable as they beat all the leading schools in Knady and considering the fact the resources and amenities at their disposal.

Mowbray Girls College first won the under 18 girls championship with 34 points pushing Mahamaya Girls College who got 20 points into second place. Next they clinched the Girls under 20 championship comfortably with 85 points. They dominated this age to such an extent that the second placed St. anthony's Girls College had only 15 points. They completed their dominance when they won Girls Senior Relay championship having 129 points and the runner up Mahamaya Girls College could collect only 57 points. Here again a very comfortable lead of 72 points.

Mowbray Girls College achieved all this against most schools having better amenities and with student population exceeding 3000. Therefore this school need to be encouraged. Another secret is that these school children do not have much exposure as they are from the plantations and they are athletes with natural talent which only needed sharpening.

Also excelling among the girls schools was Mahamaya Girls College which won the girls under 16 championship with 37 points with Sri Rahula College as runner up with 16 points. Mahamaya also won the Junior girls championship with ease getting 282 points and the runner up St. Anthony's Girls College could gather 96 points.

Trinity College won the boys Junior championship with 214 points and their rivals St. Anthony's College finished runner up with 165 points. Dharmaraja College won the overall boys championship and also the under 18 championship.

Acting Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa and Basnayake Nilame of the Pattini Devale Rohan Paranagama was the Chief Guest and he distributed the awards along with Chandana Ekanayake (Hony. Treasurer Sri Lanka Athletic Association), Col. Sugath Madugalle (Vice President SLAA) G. Kulathunga (Superintendent of Prisons, Kandy) and V.G. Tennakoon (President - Kandy District AA).

The result:

Best Athletes:

Under 10 girls: C. Elikewela (Girls High School), Under 11 boys: S. Dissanayake (Sri Chandananda Buddhist College), Under 11 girls: M. Athauda (Mahamaya College), Under 12 boys: H.D. Gunawardena (Sri Rahula College), Under 12 girls: D.V. Amerasekera (Danture Central College), Under 13 boys: D.H.G.L.S. Nawaratne (Deheerananda MMV), Under 13 girls: W.G.S.T. Wijeratne (Mahamaya Girls College), Under 14 boys: L.G. Welianga (St. Anthony's College), Under 14 girls: Raveena Ranaweera (Mahamaya Girls College)

Junior Girls School Schools champions Mahamaya Girls College 283 points. Runner up: St. Anthony's Girls College 96 points. Junior Boys Schools champions: Trinity College 214 points; Runner up: St. Anthony's College 165 points.

Senior Relay Carnival

Girls under 16 champions Mahamaya Girls College 37 points; Runner up: Sri Rahula College 15 points.

Boys under 16 champions: Dharmaraja College 34 points; Runner up: Kingswood College 27 points.

Girls under 18 champions: Mowbray Girls College 34 points; Runner up: Mahamaya Girls College 20 points.

Boys under 18 champions: Dharmaraja College 44 points; Runner up: Trinity College 29 points.

Girls under 20 champions: Mowbray Girls College 85 points; Runners up: St. Anthony's Girls College 15 points; Runners up: St. Anthony's Girls College 15 points.

Boys under 20 champions: Vidyartha College 50 points; Runner up: Trinity College 22 points.

Senior Relay Championship

Overall Girls Schools champions: Mowbray Girls College 129 points; Runners up: Mahamaya Girls College 57 points.

Overall Boys Schools Champions: Dharmaraja College 83 points; Runner up: Vidyartha College 72 points.



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