The sprint sensation Shelinda Jansen made her final year at the Schools meet count, winning the Best Female Athlete award as well as the Best Performer award at the 20th International Schools’ Athletics Championship, which concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium today, 16th February 2020.
Jansen won this award back in 2018 for exceptional performance and was able to do the same this year as well. Jansen was able to establish a new meet record in the U20 Girls 100m event with a time of 11.94 seconds along with three Gold medals in the meet in total.
Shelinda’s first award came in the 200m event when she edged out fellow teammate Sadeepa Henderson for the Gold with a timing of 24.6 sec. Her second came with the Meet Record in the 100m which was a collective of 1003 IAAF points and the third was in the 4x100m Relay where she ran the final lap.
With these exceptional performances, Jansen walked away with the Munchee Challenge Cup presented for the Best Athlete – female as well as the R I T Alles Challenge Trophy and Edexcel Challenge Trophy presented for the Best Performer at this year’s meet.
While Shelinda steals the thunder in the Girls category, Sandun Kumara of Lyceum International School, Wattala excelled in the Boys section. He was the recipient of the Munchee Challenge Trophy presented to Best Athlete – male, for his performance in the Triple Jump event which set a new meet record of 15.44m.
Sandun also won the Overall Boys Under 20 championship trophy presented as the Elizabeth Moir School Challenge Trophy. Young up and coming multitalented athlete Sadeepa Henderson took home the Royal Institute Challenge Trophy presented to the Under 20 Girls Champion.
Pasindu Gunawardena of Gateway College Colombo took home the Boys U18 Trophy which was presented by Lyceum International School.
Lyceum International School, Wattala walked away with 4 overall trophies for the Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and the Under 20 categories.
The British School Colombo Challenge Trophy for the Under 14 Overall Championship, the Colombo International School Challenge Trophy awarded for the Under 16 Overall Championship, the Stafford International School Challenge Trophy awarded to the Under 18 Overall Championship and the Alethea International School Challenge Trophy for the Under 20 Overall Championship, all went back to Lyceum International Wattala.
The Under 16 Overall championship went to Seneka Gunarathne of Colombo International School, Kandy and Dineth Wirarathne of Leeds International School, Panadura in the Girls and Boys categories respectively.
Three youngsters shared the Ilma International School Challenge Trophy presented to the Overall Champion in the Girls under 18 category; Dulyana Suludagoda (LISN), Maleeka Amith (GCC) and Shashini Dilsha (LISW).
Surakshi Daranagama of Horizon International School and Binal Gunaratne of Gateway College Colombo walked away with the Girls and Boys Under 12 challenge trophies respectively. Gateway College took home the Under 12 Overall Challenge Trophy presented by St. Nicholas International School.
The Girls Under 14 Overall Trophy was shared by Nehansa Paranaliyange of GCC and Nelini Samarasekara of LISN while Kenul Dulmin took home the Under 14 Overall Boys Challenge Trophy.
The final award, the Gateway Graduate School Challenge Trophy awarded to the Overall Relay Champions went to Gateway College Colombo.
Lyceum International School, Wattala once again won the highest medal count of 92 which included 39 Gold, 30 Silver and 23 Bronze medals. Gateway College was second in the medal tally with 72 medals which had 24 Gold, 29 Silver and 19 Bronze medals.
Athletics Team of Lyceum International School, Wattala
Final Medal Table