Blues in the pool
Another Battle of the Blues in the offing! Royal College, Colombo and
S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia have made arrangements to inaugurate a
Royal Thomian Swimming Championships meet on May 26 and 27, 2009 at the
S. Thomas' Pool at Mount Lavinia. According to the Joint Organizing
Committee comprising old boys of both schools this event will be an
annual feature in the Royal Thomian sports calendar from this year
onwards. This year S. Thomas' College will host the event and the
Royalist will do the honours next year and alternatively thereafter.
With the addition of this event to the calendar of sports between Royal
and S. Thomas', a gap which existed for a very long time has been
According to the Joint Organizing Committee this meet is organized as
a friendly duel between the two oldest arch rivals in the schools
sporting history in Sri Lanka.
Further this meet will be a prelude to the upcoming Sri Lanka Schools
Swimming Championships meet. Events in this meet are arranged as per
Public Schools events schedule in order to give an opportunity for
swimmers of both schools to prepare themselves for the Public Schools
meet. All events in the meet expected to be swum as timed finals where
three swimmers from each school will take part. However this is slightly
different for junior age groups.
Organizers have granted an opportunity for more than three junior
swimmers who belong to under 9 and 11 age groups to participate in the
meet in order to motivate the boys. There will be heats and finals for
junior age groups to cater to this important aspect of swimming.
In addition each school is expected to enter two teams for all relay
events included in the schedule of events. Overall champions of the meet
will be awarded Creon Corea Memorial Challenge Trophy named after the
late swimmer who represented Royal College in the early 1980s.
Another unique feature of this meet will be the relay events included
for old boys of the two schools. Old boy swimmers of age groups 20s,
30s, 40s and 50s will take part in these events and the champions will
be awarded the OTSC Challenge Trophy.
This event will no doubt entertain spectators more than the other
events of the present boys.
Upali Gunasekara, Principal, Royal College and Mr. Harshana Perera,
Acting Warden, S. Thomas' College were instrumental in making this event
a reality. Teachers In Charge of Swimming at both Royal and S. Thomas
together with Swimming Captains and Coaching Teams of respective schools
spent lot of efforts in preparing the boys for this historic occasion.
Old boys of the two schools who formed the Joint Organizing Committee
amid have made all arrangements to make this event a spectacular and a
memorable event for both Royalists and Thomians.