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Thilaka and Hyacinth vie for netball coach post

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The Sri Lanka Netball Federation (SLNF) will conduct interviews to select the new coach in early January and the national pool training will commence by the end of next month.

The applications for this post closed on last December 22 and the Sri Lanka Netball Federation (SLNF) will name the new coach shortly targeting the 2022 Asian Championships.

Meanwhile two veteran coaches Thilaka Jinadasa and Hyacinth Wijesinghe have applied for the vacant position of Sri Lanka Netball Coach for the period of 2022.Thilaka’ s qualification is certified by Western Province Netball Association while Hyacinth’ s qualification was certified by Kandy district Netball Association.

Both Thilaka and Hyacinth were former National coaches .. Sri Lanka have won two Asian Championships under the guidance of Thilaka Jinadasa who was also in charge of the team when the island nation won the previous title in 2009 and 2018 in Singapore.

She has also experience in having coached two national teams Maldives and Brunei earlier .She spent nine years nurturing and guiding the Brunei Netballers to become a winning outfit and bringing them up the Asian rankings.

Thilaka who is presently working as leader In sports development at Gateway International School once again eyeing for the National coach post Hyacinth Wiesinghe is a former Sri Lanka Netball Captain and is an international coach having handled the Singapore National Team as well.

She was also in charge of the team when Sri Lanka won the previous title in 2001 in Colombo.

Meanwhile, incumbent coach Somitha de Alwis’ term as the current national coach from June, 2020 will expire on December 31, 2021. Somitha was appointed by the previous SLNF administration head by Victoria Lakshmi targeting the Asian Championships in South Korea, which was however cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However Somitha did not apply for the big post.

Monday, December 27, 2021 – 01:00

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