The Trinity College U-17 table tennis team was selected to represent Central Province in the National School Games 2018, following their third place victory at the Provincial Table Tennis Championship 2018, organized by the Central Province Education Department.
U-17 and U-20 teams of Trinity participated in the Championship and both teams managed to bag a third place title during the tournament. The teams led by Pasindu Karunananda and coached by Mr. Kumar Sampath displayed prodigious skill and effort during the selections on the 14th of May. The Championship was held in the recently opened Municipal Council Table Tennis Stadium in Kandy.
The U-17 team of three players easily made their way to the semi-finals to face none other but the tournament favourites, Kingswood College. Despite the great challenge Vidyartha presented, the Trinitians lost by a very small margin. However, they easily fended off Wickramabahu College in the third place match.
The U-20 team made their way to the semi-finals only to lose to St. Sylvester’s College. This was followed by an easy win against Wesswood College.
The Trinity teams secured the third place titles of U-17 and U-20 categories with six bronze medals. Considering their commendable performance, the U-17 team got selected to represent the Central Province along with the runners-up and champions of the Provincial Championship.
The Under 20 Table Tennis Team of Trinity College:
- Karunananda (Capt.)
- Abeyrathne (Vice Capt.)
The Under 17 Table Tennis Team of Trinity College:
The All Island National Schools Table Tennis Tournament 2018 will be held in September at the St. Thomas’ College Table Tennis Stadium, and the team has already started their preparation. The National Tournament gives a great chance for the young Trinitians to prove their talents. The captain of the U-17 team, Abdullah Manzil has taken it upon himself to lead his team to victory in the National Games, with the strong support of coach Kumar Sampath and the captain Pasindu Karunananda.
“As the captain of Trinity College Table Tennis Team I wish to thank our coach Mr. D.M.G.S.Kumara, our Master in Charge Mr. M.J.M.Sufiyan, and the Prefect of Games and the Principal for their immense support. The support extended by the old boys and the parents in numerous ways had been commendable. I wish all best to the team in their mission to bring glory and honour to the school” – Pasindu Karunananda (Captain, Table Tennis team)
Review by Parinda Ratnayake (Junior Trinity College Literary Association)