Illukkumbure and Sajeev de Silva top Thomian sportsmen
W. G. Illukkumbure - ‘Thomian Blue’ for excelling
Sajeev de Silva - Most Outstanding Sportsman of the Year at S.
SPORTS STARS: W. G. Illukkumbure, Sri Lanka Schools Karate team
captain was awarded the 'Thomian Blue' award for representing Sri Lanka
at the Indo-Cup 2009 and winning the Open Black Belt Kata event while
Sajeev de Silva was awarded the Most Outstanding Sportsman of the Year
at S. Thomas' College Colours Nite held at the College Hall. The only 'Thomian
Blue' for 2009 was Illukkumbure. Illukkumbure toured India with the Sri
Lanka Schools karate team for the Indo Cup - 2009 which was held in
Mumbai, India. Schools team won the overall championships with 61
He was awarded 'college colours' 2008-2009 for karate. In addition to
winning the open Black Belt Kata in Mumbai, Illukkumbure also won the
under-19. Black Belt Kumite event. Illukkumbure started karate in the
year 2000 (year 4) and has performed well at all schools and open
tournaments. He first won the 'Black Belt' in the year 2006. He was also
the All Island National Champion in Cadet Kumite Black Belt category in
Meanwhile Sajeev was awarded the Most Outstanding Sportsman of the
Year at S. Thomas' College for achievements in rowing and rifle
shooting, Sajeev won 7 gold medals at the Rowing National which included
3 open events, namely Single Scull, Double Scull and Senior Fours.
At the 40th Royal-Thomian Regatta he won four events, 'A' Scull,
Double Scull, 'B' Pair and was a member in Boat Race in record timing.
He became the first person to attempt taking part in 4 events and
winning all four. Sajeev was re-awarded Rowing Colours and awarded Rifle
Shooting Colours too.
He came third in the ISSF Nationals 2009 in the 10 metres Air Rifle
category. The meet was held at Sri Lanka Army Shooting Range in Panagoda.
The chief guest was Kumar Boralessa, a distinguished Old Thomian who
has represented college at cricket.