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Vidyaloka athletic champions of Galle

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Vidyaloka College Galle athletic team with Principal Prasanna Seneviratne (seated sixth from left) and officials pose for a picture after winning Zonal athletic championship

Vidyaloka College Galle came up with a superb performance when they emerged champions at the Galle Zonal athletic meet recently. Vidyaloka athletes created a major upset to win this major title with 140 points while more fancied Richmond and Mahinda College were joint runners up with 135 points each.

The Principal Prasanna Seneviratne the man behind the success of Vidyaloka athletes said the school athletes despite lack of facilities and a training ground had great achievement to get success and I am happy our team came forward to pass Richmond and Mahinda athletes at this Zonal meet.

I can’t get all credit to this success and this is real team commitment while Sujith Shantha the Prefect of Games and athletic in charge and coach with sport section teachers Samantha de Silva, Madumali Warnasooriya, Nalika de Silva, Shirani Abeywickrama and athletic coach D.L Wijesiri gave good support to young athletes. Sujith Rohitha Liyanage head coach and masseur, Eranda Deshappriya Withanachchi and masseur Sugath Priyantha always with the team to give good guidance and their effort always great value while new deputy Principal Piyasiri Kumarage gave good support added Principal Prasanna Seneviratne who is one of the Vice Presidents of Sri Lanka schools cricket Association.

Vidyaloka athletes won relay runners up while their progress of this track and field events much improved from year by year . We came long journey in 2014 Zonal meet 5 th place with 28 points while 2015 and 2016 we won third place.In 2017 and 2018 once again we had to satisfied with third place .However year 2019 we were runners up at Zonal meet with 138 points and 2022 once again runners up with 101 points . Two years 2020,2021 due to Global pandemic no Zonal meet for athletes and once again this time we came back strongly to win the title and our journey is very successful added Principal of Vidyaloka.

Coming back to this Zonal meet D.K Kamesh won under 16 100m hurdles while he was placed third at the100m final .H.D.R.R Samitha won third place of under 16 400 m event while Kamesh was outstanding with winning long jump second place and Samitha was placed long jump third place. L.W.H.L.Nirmitha won under 16 high jump second place .

Two under 12 athletes R.M.S.T Ratnayake (long jump), S.T Kalupahana (High jump) reached qualifying standard .P.G Akida, S.T Kalupahana, B.W.H Nethmira,R.M.S.T Ratnayake and Nemith Banara reached the qualifying stsnf of under 12 50m relay . In addition H.I.K Aloka under 18 800m first place, N.H.A.A Arunodha 110 m hurdles first place and triple jump first place, A.G.U Maneeshav long jump first place ,S.H.V Sandeepa Put shot first place ,under 18 100x 4 relay first place ,,400x 4 relay second place had good achievements.

Meanwhile under 20 110 m.hurdles won by B.P.V J Sithmina while he won first place of 400m hurdles and Hesal Eshan won high jump first place ,under 20 100m relay team and under 20 400m relay team won first places to bring credit to Vidyaloka College Galle .

We are going up gradually whil we wanted more support from either sponsors or the Education Ministry and Sport Ministry to go forward said Principal Prasanna Seneviratne.

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