a Thomian affair!
By M. Shamil Amit
The month of October 2004 is going to be an historic
one for the Thomians of Mt Lavinia, Bandarawela, Guruthalawa and
Kollupitiya as the inaugural sports quadrangular involving these
four long standing institutions will be launched and it is going
to be an annual event!
inaugural event will be a three-day affair beginning on October
15 and ending on October 17 with two day's allocated for sports
which is the main part of the quadrangular to be hosted by the Thomians
from Mt Lavinia.
Warden of S. Thomas' College Mt Lavinia Dr. David Ponniah speaking
on behalf of the organizers stated that an event of this nature
was the need of the hour to strengthen the ties of the present and
old boys of the four schools. He further stated that the introduction
of athletics, badminton, soccer and basketball to the inaugural
quadrangular was only just the beginning and we intend to expand
this later on. This will also be a first among schools to hold an
event of this magnitude and another fact is that S.Thomas' College
is the only college that has three branch schools. Competition among
the four schools will also provide an opportunity for the four schools
to develop their skills and talents that will create benefit to
the four schools. The warden was grateful to Bertal Pinto Jayawardena
the chairman of the organizing committee who initiated this programme
about five months ago and worked tirelessly to make this a reality.
said this is something unique and special as the Thomians from Mt
Lavinia being the oldest (153 years) followed by Thomians from Kollupitya
(66 years) and the Thomians from Bandarawela and Guruthalawa (both
63 years), this will be the first time in the history that the four
schools are getting together, though students from these schools
kept on shifting to either schools at different times.
450 students from the four schools have entered for the various
individual and team events. A number of trophies are on offer to
the winners of each sporting category plus age group championship
trophies for the best performer in the athletics events. The overall
championship will be awarded based on points earned in all events
of all age groups upto the Under 17 category and the winner will
receive the Bishops Challenge Trophy
schedule programme for the three days:
October 15 - Events commence at 1.30 p.m. with the Badminton tournament
for the Under 13, 15, 17 and 19 which end with finals on the same
day. The preliminary matches of the soccer and basketball tournament
for Under 17 players will be conducted concurrently. In the evening
at 7.30 p.m. a campfire and dinner for all participants is being
planned. The campfire is being hosted by the scouts of S. Thomas'
Mt Lavinia and supported by the scouts of the other three institutions.
16 - 8.00 a.m. Formal opening ceremony with the lighting of the
flame for the games and oath taking by the competitors. 9.00 a.m.
Commencement of athletics events and soccer finals. 10.00 a.m. Basketball
finals. The athletics programme will conclude with 4 x 400 invitation
for men's club and the 4 x 100 relay for girls.
distribution and closing ceremony will be at 5.00 p.m. with the
chief guest at the ceremonies being Rt-Rev. Duleep de Chickera,
Bishop of Colombo who is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors
of the four institutions. The closing ceremony will be preceeded
by a band display by the bands of three schools which will be followed
by a fellowship dinner at the club grounds with a band and a DJ
sports quadrangular will come to an end on October 17 with a communion
service at 7.30 a.m. at the chapel of the transfiguration followed
by breakfast at the famous dining hall of S.Thomas' Mt Lavinia.