“The passion of a Trinitian for Trinity College is unparalleled, the whole idea behind the sports meet, my dear students is to inculcate that passion in all of you. Sports at Trinity has a very different value. We have moved far away from the mentality of winning at any cost. For us, sport is a part of the integral formation that we intend to impart on all of you. Today is nothing but a celebration of what Trinity is.”– Rev. Fr. Araliya Jayasundara OSB
Out of the hundreds of events that illuminate the Trinity College calendar, the Annual Interhouse Sports Meet is one that shines the most. It is a celebration of the school’s athletic capabilities and a tribute to all Trinitians, past and present alike, made special this year as Trinity celebrates it’s sesquicentennial anniversary.
This year, we were blessed with the presence of Mr. Eraj Rajapaksa and his wife who flew all the way from Australia after kindly agreeing to be our chief guest. Mr. Rajapaksa was more than just a sportsman during his time in Trinity College. He was the athletics captain, Senior Prefect, and a very important rugby player. He is currently a client fund administrator for the Ebony Rose Group.
The track and field competition took place on the 18th of March 2022. However the weeks leading up to it had been a high-tension battle between houses for points, from the road race to the heats to the final events on the day of the sports meet. Students as well as athletes had been competing amongst one another to win events and gain points for their houses while the teachers did their level best to support them and guide them to victory.
On the day of the sports meet the 20 x 100m relays, the 4 x 100m relays were conducted for the under 12 to under 20 age groups, followed by the 100m dash. We also had a few of the more unique events such as the invitation relays, the old boys’ race, and the staff race adding colour to the event.
At the latter part of the sports meet, after an inspiring speech from our principal and a very reminiscent speech from our chief guest, the awards were handed out.
Here are some of the more anticipated awards from our sports meet.
- Road Race – 1st – Central Boarding House, 2nd – Lemuel House, 3rd – Garret House, 4th – Simithraaratchy House, 5th – Oorloff House
- Road Race Open Category 1st Place – S.M. Ranaweera – CBH
- March Past – Junior – 1st – Saunders House, 2nd – Squealery House, 3rd – Pilcher House, 4th – Sahayam House, 5th – Gibson House
- March Past – Senior – 1st – CBH, 2nd – Oorloff House, 3rd – Garret House, 4th – Lemuel House, 5th – Simithraaratchy House
- Best Marching Squad – Central Boarding House
- The Best Athlete for U12 – R.N.Amarasinghe – Pilcher House
- The Best Athlete for U13 – T.D.Aluthgedara – Saunders House
- The Best Athlete for U14 – L.M.S Weerathunga – Squealery House
- The Best Athlete for U15 – Ammar Manzil – Sahayam House
- The Best Athlete for U16 – Hamza Zufian and M.A.Rifai – Lemuel House
- The Best Athlete for U17 – P.B.Udara – CBH and K.Gammage – Oorloff house
- The Best Athlete for U18 – S.Wanasekara – Simithraaratchy house
- The Best Athlete for U19 – S.Aluwihare – Simithraaratchy House
- The Best Athlete for U20 – Abishek Daulagala – Lemuel House and V.O.B.K Hettiarachchi – Garret House
- Relay Championship Award Junior Category – Sahayam House
- Relay Championship Award Senior Category – Lemuel House
However in the end it all came down to the house points,
For the junior houses, it was
- Sahayam House – 317 points
- Pilcher House – 282 points
- Saunders House – 191 points
- Squialery House – 177 points
- Gibson House – 122 points
And For the Senior Houses, it was
- Central Boarding House – 549 points
- Lemuel House – 545 points
- Garret House – 468 points
- Oorloff House – 447 points
- Simithraaratchy House – 364 points
We would like to extend our gratitude to staff of Trinity College who gave us their fullest support, the parents who found the time to cheer and support their children, and the students who made this event a success.
Reviewed by Yuki Ranathilaka, Thesath Keppetiyagama and Kavindu Athukorala.