Gateway continues to shine at Squash

Gateway juniors excelled in Squash by dominating the younger age groups at the 32 nd Junior National Squash Championship that was held recently at the Sinhalese Sports Club Complex. The eight member team of Gateway consisting of Ranuk Mendis (Under 9), Disara Dillon Perukanda & Ravith Mendis (Under 11), Manuth Dassanayake (Under 11 & 13), Bihandu Nanayakkara (Under 13 & 15), Matheesha Wijesekara & Yolen Dimath Withanage (Under 15) and Vishan Ranatunga (Under 15 & 17), under the guidance of Coach C H Thalagala, prepared for this tournament with utmost commitment.

Manuth Dassanayake (Under 11 and 13) and Bihandu Nanayakkara (Under 13 and 15) had yet another successful tournament dominating their respective age groups with ease. Matheesha Wijesekara also joined this formidable line up having secured Under 15 Boys Novices Runner-up in his debut tournament.

Manuth Dassanayake reached both the Under 11 and 13 finals during his exceptional performance in the tournament. He triumphed over Kaveen Kohombange of Stafford International School with a significant margin of 3-0 sets with scores of 11-7, 11-8, and 11-6 in the Under 11 Boys finals ranking him 1 st in this age group. In the Under 13 age group, he reached the finals to only to be beaten by his fellow schoolmate, Bihandu Nannayakara. Having secured the Runner-up position, he is now ranked 2 nd in the older age group.

Bihandu Nannayakara, having already made a name for himself in the national Squash arena, earned a well-deserved championship in the Under 13 Boys finals yet again by beating his fellow Gateway colleague 11-3, 11-8 and 11-5. He participated in the older age group (Under 15) too and reached the quarter-finals and obtained the 5 th place having beaten Tharul Pinwatta of Royal College. Matheesha Wijesekara had an outstanding debut tournament winning the Runner-up position in the Boys under 15 Novices category.

Manuth Dassanayake, Bihandu Nanayakkara and Matheesha Wijesekara with Coach C H Thalagala