Shavindu, the athletic star from Nattandiya
Fifteen year old Grade Ten student Shavindu Avishka of Dhammissara National School Nattandiya has brought immense glory to his school by winning a Gold Medal in the under 16 age group at the John Tarbet Athletic Meet held at Sugathadasa Stadium Colombo recently.
Shavindu who hails from Kumbukgahamulla, Welipanna was born on 18th March 2008 and initially admitted to Madya Maha Vidyalaya Kumbukgahamulla in 2014. When he was there he participated for the group events at the School Athletic Meets in Grade Four and Five. He passed the Grade Five Scholarship Exam with flying colours and admitted to Dhammissara National School in 2019.
He took part at the schools sports meet when he was in Grade Six and Seven classes and he did high jump and 400 metres under Mrs. Yashoda and won places. Then in 2022 his parents Athula Nuwan Chamara and Iresha Udayangani Imbulana realizing that their son’s forte is Athletics handed over their son to the school prefect of games Keerthi Jayasekera and he came under Jude Chinthaka. His first meet was Zonal and Provincial and at the Provincial Meet in 800 meters he won with a record timing of 2 minutes 3.96 seconds and at the Junior Tarbet came third and at the recently held John Tarbet Meet at Sugathadasa Stadium he won a Gold for 800 metres event by clocking 2 minutes 0.25 seconds and he did the 400 relay and won his heat. Presently he is preparing for the forthcoming All Island National Schools Athletic Meet.