Conrad makes roaring comeback
Former St. Joseph’s College and most experienced Sri Lanka swimmer
Conrad Francis makes a roaring come back to competitive swimming from
down under being selected to swim at the 11th South Asian Games to be
held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 27 to February 8.
Conrad performed very well to win all three events at the recently
concluded National Swimming Championships which was the final trial to
pick swimmers for South Asian Games.
He excelled in the 50 metres butterfly 26.25 secs, 100 metres
butterfly 57.88 secs and 50 metres breast stroke 31.30 secs.
Conrad will swim in the 50 metres, 100 metres butterfly stroke, 50
metres back stroke and in the 100x4 medley relay in Bangladesh.
The Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union and Sri Lanka National Olympic
Committee together watched over Conrads progress in Australia thus
inviting him to swim for Sri Lanka at several international competitions
spanning between 1997-2007 such as the South Asian Federation, Asian
Games, the World Games, the Commonwealth Games culminating with the
Sydney Olympic 2000 and the Athens Olympic Games 2004 and was conferred
with National Sporting Honours in 2008.
Conrad had his early schooling at St. Joseph’s College, kindergarten
to year 10. Left college in 1996 at which point he was offered an ICC
Committee Solidarity Scholarship through the Asia Sports Linkages
Program, sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and
In 1997, under this program the Nunawading Swimming Club, Victoria
was arranged for his specialized training to further purse his swimming
career under head coach-Leigh Nugent and his Assistant Mark Thompson.
His schooling facilities were arranged with Rowville Secondary College.
Conrad joined Rowville Secondary college in 1997 and competed his
Victoria Certificate of Education in 1999. At Rowville he was recognized
not only for his sporting abilities but was also recognised for his
At the Swinburn Universities of Technology he completed his Diploma
in sports and recreation in the year 2006-2007.
Swinburns recognized his outstanding abilities and offered him a
position in the Board of Trustees for University Grants Commission and
he continues to serve in this position todate.
He sat for coaching exams at the Australian Swimming Coaches and
Teachers Association (ASCT) and completed II stages already. Presently
he is reading for his Silver Licence in coaching a course he has
attended in May this year 2009 in Brisbane.
He had the privilege of being the Swimming Coach/Instructor at Inside
Edge Focus-Fitness, 120 Camberwell Road, Hawtorn East, Victoria,
Australia - working with young children who have no experience with
water to advance swimmers aged from 17 through to adult of all ages.
He has been a select few of the coaches to have been offered this
Presently Conrad is spending time with his parents in Colombo. He has
been invited to coach the Bishops College swimming team as well as
assist to former Head Coach of Sri Lanka in fashioning some of the elite
swimmers of his squad. Both of which he has taken on.