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Mahamaya going places in studies and sports

LEADING GIRLS SCHOOL: Mahamaya Girls College, Kandy is one of the leading girls schools in both academic and sports fields. The name that has been established over the years as a girls school in Kandy famous for its sports activities such as Netball, Athletics, Hockey, Swimming, Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis and Chess.


The Principal with the coaches (from left) - Chinthaka Weerarathne (Gymnastic),
K. Gunawardena (Badminton) U. Sugath (Swimming), Priyangika Ranasinghe (Chess), Ms. Indra Withanachchi (Principal), Dhammika Mahawattage (POG), Imalka Hapugoda (Volleyball), A. Soysa (Karate), Buddhika Dikkumbura (Table Tennis), Janz Disanayake (Athletics). Pictures by Upananda Jayasundera - Kandy Sports Special Corr.


Teachers-in-Charge - (from left) - Renuka Jayasinghe (Karate), Chandrika Gangoda
(Athletics), Nishanthi de Silva (Gymnastic), Samanmalie Jayasekera (Basketball),
Ms. Indra Withanachchi (Principal), Dhammika Mahawattage (POG), Indu Ranasinghe
(Volleyball), Padmini Arambepola (Sports-in-Charge - Primary), Padmini Ranasinghe (Cricket), Priyanwada Nawaratne (Table Tennis), C. Ruwanpathirana (Swimming) absent.

The school is proud to produce Thilini Jayasinghe, the badminton player for the last Olympics and two sisters Hansanie and Madhavi Weeratunge who excelled in swimming and Madhavi represented Sri Lanka at the Youth Olympics in swimming in 2010, the present Prefect of Games Dhammika Mahawattage nee De Alwis and Hyacinth Wijesinghe, both represented Sri Lanka in netball in the past, Padmadevi Nawaratne and Chintha Baddewela exvelled in athletics and Ayeshani Weerakkody is the former Under 21 captain of Sri Lanka Hockey team.

Prasadini Koralagama and Lakitha Namalarachchi also represented Sri Lanka in hockey, Deepika Rodrigo won a Silver Medal for Table Tennis at the last Asian Games. These few names come to my mind in a flash although there are more Mahamaya girls who excelled in various sports at National and International levels.

Mahamaya has introduced Cricket, Karate, Chess and Gymnastic and for any sport to thrive specially at school level the sports must have the backing of the school authorities. The sports loving Principal Indra Withanachchi together with the Deputy Principals, Asoka Dissanayake, Vishaka Herath, Uthpala Seneviratne and Gimali Senadheera, Prefect of Games Dammika Mahawattage and Teachers-in-charge in various sports have helped the school in going places in sports. The Principal summoned a meeting of all the teachers-in-charge and all the coaches in various sports to plan out the annual sports program and instructed to get better results this year. All the coaches told this reporter that they will do their best to uplift the sports at the school.

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