Navodya Nethmi Fernando athlete and cricketer par excellence
Cricketer, Athlete Captain of the SchoolS under 19 Cricket Team, and Member of the Sri Lanka under 21 Girls Cricket squad and Athletic Champion Navodya Nethmi Fernando has brought honour and immense glory to her alma mater Wadduwa Central College.
Navodya was born on 11th June 2003 and admitted to the grade one of Wadduwa Central in 2009 . She participated in the School Inter House Sports Meet in the under eleven age group and came third in Javelin, Putt shot and Discus throw and in the following three successive years she swept the board in her pet events and became the school under 13 champion for two years and Under 15 once and she participated in Divisional and Zonal Meets and came second in her events and at the Provincial Meet .
Though she excelled in Athletics her forte is Cricket. Noticing the talents and keenness of her daughter her mother Thanuja Ruwini Kumari handed over her to the school Cricket Coach Danushka Perera . She is a right hand middle order bat and a right arm medium pace bowler a fine fielder in any position with a good arm and an all rounder. She was a unanimous choice for the under 19 team in 2017 and against Harman Gminer School Kesbewa she notched up 79 runs.
In 2018 they played a few school matches and she got a fifty and at the Big Match against Mahanama College Panadura she was unbeaten with 97 runs and carried away the Best Batswoman and player of the match awards. In 2019 too her school played five matches and that year they played their Big Match versus Marapola Vidyalaya and she was the Vice Captain of the team and she scored 70 runs and earned the Best Batswoman Award and in the School Tournament they came up to Semi Finals and she scored 68 runs in that game.
She was appointed Captain in 2020 and that year too they played in the Singer Tournament and they were the All Island second Runner up and in 2021 she led the side and against Anura Vidyalaya she made 78 runs and grabbed four scalps and in All Island Tournament they were the Runners up and all team members received Provincial Colours.
She was a Member of the D.R.Cricket Academy Wadduwa and they toured Bangalore India in 2019 and in that Tournament they played four matches and they were the Champions and Navodya received the Player of the Match award in one game. That tour was a fine exposure for her. Presently she is in the under 21 Sri Lanka squad.