Ashan Ujith Fernando outstanding cricketer and athlete
G.M.A. Cricket Academy team which toured India
Seated L/R – Anjalo Eranga Nirosh (Captain), Ajith Fernando (Manager), Prasanna Dissanayake (Senior Coach), Ashan Fernando (Coach), Dilwin Mendis (Tour Oganizer), Pasan Nonis (Vice Captain) Standing L/R – Nishan Samindu Priyankara, Ashan Sheranga Fernando, Isuru Dilshan Silva, Chamindu Nimesh Perera, Ishara Lakshantha Niroshan, Pramuditha Lanka Weerasinghe, Thuan Zaid Saldin, Ruchith Shanaka Fernando, Akila Tharindu Fernando, Dilshan Maduranga, Shaveen Randika, Manula Jayath Munasinghe, Malindu Kanishka (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent).
First eleven and under 23 cricketer State Services ‘D’ Division Captain, Level One Cricket Coach, athlete and Manager of Golden Memorable Athletic Cricket Club Ashan Ujith Fernando has brought honour and glory for his alma mater Moratu Vidyalaya and Moratuwa City in general. He hails from Laxapathiya Moratuwa He was born on 5th June 1986 and admitted to the Grade One of Moratu Vidyalaya in 1992 when Mr.Gunadasa was at the helm of his alma mater
He participated in the school inter house athletic meet in 1993 in 50 and 75 metre races and won first and second places respectively and from grade two to six he was in the school relay teams in the 100 and 200 metre events and in the Divisional and Zonal Educational meets they won the second and third places from time to time.
He commenced his cricket career at a tender age and initially played with his class mates and neighboring friends and noticing his keenness and talents his parents Ransiri Fernando and Anula Peiris handed over their son to the then school under 13 Coach Kusum Warnakula and in the same year itself he was selected to the under 13 Division Two Horlicks Trophy Tournament and played for two years and later was selected for the under 15 team and in his second year the new coach Prasanna Dissanayake took over and he captured 20 wickets and he was a regular member of the under 17 team too.
He played for the first eleven team for two successive years in 2002 and 2003 under Raveesha Shanuka and Ashen Bandara respectively and in ten matches he claimed 25 scalps with two five wicket hauls and in his second year he bagged 29 wickets with two five wicket hauls and played in two Big Matches and two Limited Over Matches. Whilst at school he commenced playing for Sebastianites Sports Club for the under 23 team and represented them for two years and later played for the Moors Sports Club for another two years and one year with Singha Sports Club Ambalangoda and played for the Donovan Andree Trophy for Moors Sports Club in 2005 and 2006.
After leaving school he joined Land Settlement Department and was an automatic choice for their cricket team and played for the state services ‘D’ Division Tournament and went on to lead their sie too and later he was transferred to the Foreign Department and played for them and presently he is attached to the Panadura Branch of Labour Department.
On 19th April 2010 he founded Golden Memorable Athletic and Cricket Club ( G.M.A. Cricket Club ) and since then to date they are participating in the Colombo District Division Three Daily News Trophy Tournament and Practices are carried out regularly for Daily News Trophy at the De Soysa Stadium Moratuwa.
During his tenure as a coach he has produced several cricketers of fame and in the Inter Academy Singer Tournaments they have come up to second round on several occasions. In the meantime he commenced an Annual Cricket Colours Awards ceromony
In 2012 his club consisted of under 15 and 17 Combined Team took up wing to Hyderabad India on the invitation of Gurukul International School Hyderabad and his team got the opportunity of playing a Day Night Cricket Match and thus became the first ever Cricket Academy to play a Day Night Match in India from Sri Lanka and this tour was a fine exposure for the budding cricketers.
Whilst at school D.Geeth and M.Wimalasura helped him in numerous ways while the cricket loving Principal Mervyn Ruberu Gunasekara was very supportive of him.