Sri Lankan senior girls stamp their class - Junior Asian Rowing Championship

By Shanaka Jayawardana, Pic by Ranjith Perera

Sri Lanka turned in a scintillating performance to have four local crews - STC A and AIS A in semi final One and STC B face RC B in semi final Two making it an all Sri Lankan affair in the final of the senior boys Fours event at the inaugural Asian Schools Rowing Association Regatta organized by the Asian Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) with the assistance of Tharunyata Hetak which was launched in grand style yesterday at the scenic surroundings of the Bolgoda Lake.

Crews from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are taking part in the event. The Senior Boys Double Sculls saw DHA and Karachi Grammar School of Pakistan move in to the final to meet RC A and STC A making up the four teams to compete the final. The Boys from Pakistan made for a good showing in the Single Sculls event for Senior Boys when they saw DHA A and KGS A move in to the final easily.

Musaeus College on their way to win against Bishop’s

The heats were conducted on Friday and the semi finals took place yesterday and the finals due to be held today.

For the Junior Boys Events STC A, Vidya Mandir India, KGS Pakistan and AMM India will compete in the final of the Single Scull with A and B crews of AIS and the A and B crews of CAS Pakistan have qualified. The fours event in the same category will be contested between the crews of AIS and the CAS Pakistan.

The senior girls events was dominated by the local girls with only one Pakistani sculler from Karachi Grammar School making her way into the final to face stiff opposition from Bishops College B, Museaus College A and Ladies College A. The Double Sculls event in this category will have BC A, LC B, LC A and MC A go up against each other. The Fours event will be between the crews of MC A and LC A.
In the Junior Girls category the girls from Ladies College and Museaus College from Sri Lanka and the Center of Advanced Studies and Karachi Grammar School of Pakistan face a showdown in the final of the Double Sculls. The Ladies College girls are due to take on the C.S.A. of Karachi in the Junior Girls Fours event.

All races were piloted through a straight 2 kilometer course. Officials stated that several teams from Singapore were due to take part but pulled out at the last moment due to reasons best known to them and that they plan to make this an annual event with member nations hosting the event at different venues each year. “We are happy with the level of competition as this is only the first time this regatta is being held”. This event is sponsored by the Janashakthi Group.

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