Sports provides balanced mind - SP governor
"With the Buddhist revival that took place during the early 19th
century foreign and local leaders led by Henry Steele Olcott established
a series of Buddhist schools here under the concept of establishing
Buddhist schools to give an English medium education to Buddhist
children. Musaeus College is one of the first major schools so
established,"said Southern Province Governor Kumari Balasuriya who was
chief guest at the annual sports meet of Musaeus College.
Governor Balasuriya said she was very happy to be a part of th sports
meet not because Musaeus is of one of the great leading colleges of the
island,but,as she is overwhelmed with fond memories of her student days
at Musaeus ," she said.
"A most crucial stage of my life was spent on these grounds as
student, Prefect and captain of the Beasant House. The experience,
knowledge and the training I gained as a student here were of invaluable
assistance to me to reach the present status I hold in my life," she
"The education as well as the training from extra-curricular
activities, I gained during the period I spent at the foot of my alma
mater, Musaeus College, helped me a lot and was a great strength to
brighten my later life," she said.
"The Women's Education Society of Ceylon that was in existence about
130 years ago, with the intention of providing a better education to
girl students, commenced this college with a few girls with the
assistance of the Buddhist Theosophical Society.
This college established with such humble beginnings became a first
class education institution producing great citizens in no time," she
"It was Marie Musaeus Higgens who was the Head of this College from
1895 to 1926 who ushered in a golden era and in her honour the college
was named Musaeus College," she said.
"A strong healthy body is a must to have a great mind. The mind of a
healthy child is sound and strong.
"There is no two words about it. For this purpose every child must
involve themselves in sports activities. Sports provide the child with a
balanced mind. The inter-house sports competitions introduced during
colonial days have become an essential part of our school system today
which provides schoolchildren with immense benefits," Governor
"Athletics not only makes the child healthy is also gives the child
entertainment and an active life. Student learns a great deal through
sports. Sports help to build within the child a strong feeling for
discipline, responsibility, self-confidence and accountability," she
"Athletics existed even during the periods of early civilization.
Historians say that sports like running, jumping and walking existed
during the period of ancient Babylonean civilization. These sports were
held in a grand scale at the commencement of the Olympics in 776 BC
too," she said.
"A sports meet aims at building up team spirit through individual
competition. Musaeus Principal Dandeniya,teachers and parents were also