A team of 18 age group divers are ready to represent Sri Lanka at the upcoming Hong Kong Age Group Diving Championships 2023 from the 30th of August to the 05th of September in the Northern Hong Kong City of Kowloon. The team will take the flight on the 28th of August.
The annual Hong Kong Age Group Diving Championship is organized by the Hong Kong China Swimming Association, the governing body of aquatic sports in Hong Kong. This is the first time a Sri Lankan diving team will compete in this competition. It will be a great experience for the youngsters, allowing them to showcase their skills and compete with similar-aged divers from multiple countries. Also, participation in this championship will be a start-up for Sri Lanka diving in exploring the competition outside of Sri Lanka and it will be a fair exposure for the upcoming Asia Age Group Diving Championships 2023 scheduled in December in the Philippines.
The 18-member squad was chosen by the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union based on the results of the recently concluded National Age Group Diving Championships 2023. Accordingly, the team consists of 7 girls and 11 boys from 6 schools.
The team is as follows:
Shirel Wickramarathne – St. Bridget’s Convent
Giyanka Gunasekara – S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia
Raphail Jayaweera – Royal College
Thasith Liyanage – Royal College
Thusith Liyanage – Royal College
Ruel Wickramarathne – Royal College
Daham Marambe – Royal College
Akeesa Hewavitharana – Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya
Vinudi Kankanamage – Visakha Vidyalaya
Mikhail Jayaweera – Royal College
Seniru Rodrigo – Royal College
Dhruv Perera – S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia
Yusuf Shihar – Royal College
Imaya Perera – Bishop’s College
Kithmi Marambe – Bishop’s College
Kisara Ranawaka – St. Bridget’s Convent
Venuka Kankanamage – Royal College
Shania Silva – Bishop’s College
The team will be led by two coaches: Mr. Prasad Dissanayaka and Mr. Akshay Randeepa and will be accompanied by Dr. Sumanthri Samarawickrama as the Manager for the girls’ team, Mr. Jayanatha Gunasekara as the Manager for the boys’ team, and Mrs. Thisaru Dinoka as the Lady Chaperon.