Trinity College’s Boxing Team has made a triumphant return to the Stubbs Shield, securing the 3rd place in this year’s competition. Sharing the podium with them is S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. Despite challenges, Trinity’s boxers showcased their skills, winning 2 Gold and 2 Bronze medals, setting a new milestone in the school’s sports history.
Trinity entered the Stubbs Shield event with a team of six boxers, as two had to stay behind due to injuries sustained during the Rugby League. Despite being short-handed, the team demonstrated their resilience and determination.
Captain Master Waruna Bandara led by example, exhibiting remarkable skill and spirit throughout the tournament. He faced a series of tough opponents and was eligible for the final.
In a stunning victory, Waruna outsmarted the Best Boxer Cup winner from the TB Jayah meet earlier this year, securing a Gold medal. His final opponent was no pushover, having already represented Sri Lanka in the Junior Asian Games.
Master Salman Faris, another prominent performer, clinched a Gold medal after an electrifying encounter that ended in a close three-to-two split decision. His valiant opponent was acknowledged with the Best Loser trophy, highlighting the competitiveness of the bout. Master Waruna Bandara and Master Salman Faris along with the Coach have also been selected to represent Sri Lanka by the Boxing Association of Sri Lanka.
Trinity Boxing Team for this year’s tournament acknowledges the commitment of:
Ummar Bary – Bronze Medalist
Ryan Weerasekara – Bronze Medalist
Salman Faris – Gold Medalist
Waruna Bandara (Captain) – Gold Medalist
In conclusion, the resurgence of TCK to the Stubbs Shield after a 40-year hiatus is a testament to their dedication, skill, and indomitable spirit. Their achievements in the tournament and the recognition received from the Boxing Association of Sri Lanka mark a historic moment in the school’s sporting legacy, inspiring future generations of athletes.