Maleesha Madumewan played school rugby as a third row forward for his alma mater Royal College, Colombo. He Vice captained Royal 1st XV rugby team in 2018 at the Inter-School rugby tournament and went on to represent the Sri Lanka Junior national fifteen a side rugby team.
Maleesha is the elder brother of former Royal scrum half Migara Mihisanka. Speaking exclusively to Daily News, Maleesha said “I was known as a hyperactive kid since I was small then my parents took me for few sports such as Swimming, Rugby, Table Tennis and I ended up with the oval shaped ball and that virtually made me enter the world of sports”. “Especially my parents and my brother played a huge role by supporting me and my friends also supported me a lot”.
“To be honest my family influenced me towards that by taking me for rugby matches ever since I was a small kid. I just fell in love with it from day one and that’s the reason why I chose rugby”. “It is very difficult in my opinion to be a rugby player. Especially being a Royal ruggerite. It takes a certain level of sacrifice and dedication to our sport that is not shown to the outside world. It is very difficult not only physically but mentally as well.”.
“As a young man Of course I know I have a long way to go. However, I am very happy with what I have achieved so far. My favourite cricketer is Joe Root. I like the way he reads the game and plays strategically and whenever I have free time I love to spend time with my friends and travel all over the country. I like roughing it out in nature and embracing nature in its purest form”.
“There are many unforgettable memories. I played my first Bradby Shield in 2016 and was fortunate enough to play in the first XV every year till I left school. In 2018 the core memory I have is being the vice captain of the Royal rugby team and being able to lift up not only the Bradby Shield for the first time in history at the Pallekale Stadium by winning both matches against Trinity College by 39-7 and 27-19 but also being able to lift up the shield for the Singer schools A Division league champions at the Royal Sports Complex when all the cards were against us. Those are my most unforgettable incidents thus far in life, and to date I really cherish those moments”.
“My top priority is to work hard and reaching my goals so that I can be proud of myself and make my family proud. I hope to give back to them as much as I can because I would not be here without them. I am doing what I believe in. I am a huge believer of not settling down and believing in pushing my self constantly”. “As of now, my greatest accomplishment is achieving all the goals I have set for myself. However, I will keep instilling new goals and pushing my self to achieve those as well”.
“Personally, I don’t like to compare my self to anyone because I like to go at things in my own pace. I like to be me. However, I have a few role models that I look up to. As a sportsman, receiving a compliment from your own coach is a dream come true. I have received a couple from my coaches and I believe those are some of the best ever compliments I have received”.
“The pandemic has taught me a lot. I spent my time learning new things and developing my skill set. The pandemic also taught me never to take anything for granted.” “The most embarrassing moment was Dropping a high ball at a very important match near the CR pavilion.
“In life I like to describe myself as a Hard working person and when I grow up I wanted to be a doctor. But then as I grew up I realized my calling was towards the business sector”. “I want to be remembered as a person who never gave up. A person who was not only successful in sports, but in the corporate life as well as my personal life.. That’s the kind of legacy I would like to be remembered for concluded Maleesha Madumewan