The Sri Lankan Netball community was left in shock at the demise of one of its brightest stars Mellony Wijesinghe early this morning.
She passed away today (20th October) after battling an aggressive form of leukemia. She was just 17 years old.
According to sources close to the family, Mellony had gotten ill during the All Island Schools Netball Championship back in August. Tests later confirmed her family’s worst fears as she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Her illness had reportedly gotten worse a few days ago and she was being treated in the ICU at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital at the time of her death.
At 6 feet 3 inches tall, Mellony, a student of Visakha Vidyalaya, was earmarked as one of the next big netball stars in the country after representing Sri Lanka at the 8th Netball World Youth Cup back in 2017, playing with and against players 4-5 years her senior.
Mellony was a part of the Sri Lanka Development Pool before being named the vice-captain of the Sri Lanka Youth Team back in June this year. The dominant Goal Shooter was a major part of Sri Lanka’s successful campaign in the tournament where they finished 3rd behind Singapore and Malaysia.
A star on the court as well as in her studies, Mellony passed her G.C.E. O/L examination with flying colours last year and was studying for A/L’s in the Bio Stream with aspirations of becoming a doctor.
Taken too soon, may she attain the supreme bliss of nibbana!