"Unparalleled Triumph: Gampaha District Secures Eighth Consecutive Victory at the 34th National Youth Sports Festival"

In a resounding display of athletic prowess, Gampaha District emerged victorious for the eighth consecutive year at the 34th National Youth Sports Festival, held at Sugathadasa Stadium. The district secured a remarkable 166 points, showcasing a dominant performance that solidified its status as a powerhouse in youth sports.

Hurdler Ayomal Akalanka and Oshini Kodikara were honored as the Boys’ Best Athlete and Girls’ Best Athlete, respectively, while Janidu Lakvijaya and BS Lakshima claimed the titles of Men’s Best Athlete and Women’s Best Athlete. The overall standings positioned Colombo District as the Runners-up with 96 points, and Urban Youth District secured the third position with 77 points.

The triumphant Gampaha District team received a substantial reward of Rs 200,000, with the Runner-up Colombo District earning Rs 150,000, and Urban Youth District securing Rs 100,000 in prize money. Individual recognitions came with cash prizes of Rs 250,000 each for the four Best Athletes: Ayomal Akalanka, Oshini Kodikara, Janidu Lakvijaya, and BS Lakshima.

The festival witnessed a remarkable display of athleticism, with eight athletes setting new meet records and earning Rs 10,000 each in cash prizes. Notably, Janidu Lakvijaya, the national record holder in the Men’s 110m Hurdles, achieved a remarkable feat by breaking the meet record twice in the Over-20 Men’s 110m Hurdles—first in the heats with a time of 14.07 seconds and again in the finals with a timing of 13.86 seconds, missing his own national record by a mere 0.06 seconds.

Other outstanding records included BS Mendis of Gampaha District in the Over-20 Women’s 400m, R Tharanga of Kalutara District in the Over-20 Men’s Javelin Throw, and Tharindu Dasun from Galle District in the Over-20 Men’s High Jump. In the Under-20 category, HK Chathumika of Polonnaruwa District set a new meet record in Boys’ Long Jump, and H Nethsara of Urban Youth District clocked 48.64 seconds in the Boys’ 400m, setting another new record. Additionally, Matara District’s Under-20 Boys’ 4X100m relay quartet established a new meet record with a timing of 41.38 seconds in the heats.

The awards ceremony, graced by National Youth Services Council Director General and Chairman Pasindu Gunaratne and guest of honour Western Province District Secretary KG Wijesiri, marked the culmination of an eventful and record-breaking festival. The achievements of these young athletes stand as a testament to the spirit of competition, dedication, and excellence in the realm of youth sports.

"In the Spotlight: BS Lakshima Claims Top Honors as Women’s Best Athlete"

A moment of triumph unfolded as BS Lakshima was bestowed with the prestigious title of Women's Best Athlete, receiving the coveted award from the esteemed chief guest. This recognition comes as a testament to Lakshima's exceptional prowess and outstanding achievements in the realm of athletics.

Amidst the fervor of the 34th National Youth Sports Festival at Sugathadasa Stadium, Lakshima's contributions to her sport have shone brightly, earning her a place among the top athletes of the event. As the recipient of this distinguished award, Lakshima joins the ranks of exceptional athletes who have left an indelible mark on the festival.

The chief guest, in acknowledging Lakshima's remarkable feats, added a momentous chapter to the festival's history. The accolade not only honors Lakshima's individual accomplishments but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring athletes, underscoring the significance of dedication, skill, and tenacity in the pursuit of excellence in women's athletics.

In celebrating BS Lakshima as the Women's Best Athlete, the festival not only recognizes her outstanding achievements but also pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of female athletes who continue to elevate the standards of sportsmanship and athleticism.

"As the curtains draw to a close on the 34th National Youth Sports Festival, the resounding success and exceptional performances have etched a lasting impression on the landscape of youth athletics. The crowning moment of Women's Best Athlete, bestowed upon BS Lakshima, encapsulates the spirit of triumph, dedication, and athletic brilliance.

Lakshima's journey to this prestigious accolade serves as an inspiration to the aspiring athletes who dream of leaving an indelible mark in the world of sports. The festival, graced by the presence of esteemed figures and cheered on by passionate supporters, has not only celebrated individual achievements but also fostered a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship among the participants.

In recognizing the exemplary efforts of BS Lakshima and her fellow athletes, the festival stands as a testament to the power of sports to unite, inspire, and showcase the extraordinary potential within the youth. The echoes of cheers, the records broken, and the camaraderie forged during these days will reverberate as a source of motivation for future generations of athletes.

As we bid farewell to this record-breaking festival, we carry with us the memories of triumphs, the resilience of spirit, and the collective celebration of athleticism. The legacy of the 34th National Youth Sports Festival will undoubtedly endure, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of youth sports and inspiring countless dreams for years to come."