“I started school at Balapitiya Revatha Maha Vidyalaya. Actually I started off playing cricket, Chamila De Silva Sir is the one who pushed me towards athletics. From then on for my A Levels I attended Sri Devananda Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda. While I was there I qualified for the national and youth squads, where I was coached by Gurusinghe Sir and Majeed Sir. Under their guidance I qualified for the Junior National Championships. During that time I met Chaminda Sir and he has coached me at the international standard.”
“Last year at the National Sports Festival I set new games records in both the 100m and 200m. The records were previously held by Chinthaka de Soysa, who came from the same school as me. I think it was a 15 year old record that I broke so I was very happy.”
“I have been training for these games over the past year – we started last year, targeting this meet. There wasn’t really a big challenge in the event itself, after the qualification rounds, I felt like I would win.”
Going into the competition, Suranjaya was confident of securing the Gold, therefore his focus was more on improving on his timing. He was disappointed that he could not break the 21 second barrier at the games, even though he clocked an impressive 21.00s in the final of the 200m event.