Sri Lankan Schools Excel at Varsity Boat Races in Malaysia

A group of 15 athletes from Colombo schools took part in the Varsity Boat Races in Putrajaya, held from 3rd to 8th Oct 2023. The Varsity Boat Races is an annual event organized by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. The event had the participation of around 400 students from universities and schools in Asia.

Over 12 schools from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka participated in the races in junior men and junior women categories. The Sri Lankan contingent comprised of;

Navithmee Perera, Sanuthmee Perera, and Menoli Yatigammana from Diyawanna Rowing Academy. Havishka Perera from British School / Diyawanna Rowing Academy. Tashiya Perera from Diyawanna Rowing Academy. Jaanya Kumarawadu, Ganindu Kirinde, Reshil Peiris, and Nathon Gregory from Gateway College. Derion Spittel, Dimitri Nalliah, and Oshada Haputhenna from Wesley College and Sulaiman Saleem, Kester Weerasinghe, and Sanija Ganewatte from Wesley College / Diyawanna Rowing Academy. The team was coached by Nirmal Gunaratne.

Outstanding results were achieved by the team winning a total of 9 medals. The individual achievements were;

  • Junior women single scull – Jaanya Kumarawadu, a junior national rowing pool athlete(Gateway College) won Gold, Havishka Perera also a junior national rowing pool athlete of British School / DRA won Silver and Sanuthmee Perera of DRA was placed 4th.


  • Junior women double scull – Havishaka Perera (Britsh Scool / DRA) and Tashiya Perera (Diyawanna Rowing Academy) won gold and Navithmee Perera and Menoli Yatigammana (Diyawanna Rowing Academy) were placed 4th



  • Junior men single scull – Darion Spittel (Wesley College) won Silver, Nathon Gregory (Gateway College won Bronze, and Sulaiman Saleem  (Wesley College / Diyawanna Rowing Academy) was placed 4th.


  • Junior men double scull – Ganindu Kirinde and Reshil Peiris (Gateway College) won Gold, Sanija Ganewatte and Kester Weerasinghe (Wesley College / Diyawanna Rowing Academy) won Silver, and Dimitri Nalliah and Oshada Haputhenna (Wesley College) won Bronze

The performance of all athletes was outstanding bringing honour to Sri Lanka and respective schools.

Here are some photos from the tour;

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