Nayanthara: Child star on Mobike
By Esther Williams
Nayanthara Fernando (7) beat several boys and a girl to win the Fox Hill Super Cross 2002 in the under 10 motor cycles (up to 50 CC) competition. Earlier in the season, she won the third place at Yes Ride Lake Cross 2002 in Nuwara Eliya and the second place in the Gajaba Super Cross in Kurunegala.

This first grade student of Wycherly International School got her first bike a Japanese PW 50 CC Yamaha when she was 5 and weekends of the past year saw her practising in her garden. Her interest in the field could be attributed to her father, Royce Fernando, a 1990 Motor Cycling (125 cc) champion. Although he now has a knitting unit, he does some car racing in his spare time in Avissawella, besides training his daughter.

Nayanthara wants to be a doctor when she is older and intends to ride motorcycles purely as a hobby. Her mother would like her to stop at 10 but her father wants her to continue till she is 16 for which he has already bought her a bigger motorbike a Kawasaki KX 60 CC racing bike which she would use in the under 16 competitions, 3 years from now.

I am not scared because God helps me, says Nayanthara who in all her races wears a helmet, a chestguard, gloves, knee and elbow pads and metal-rimmed boots. The accident at the rehearsal run in Nuwara Eliya did not deter young Nayantara who now looks forward to taking part in the Thalduwa Super Cross, at Avissawella on May 12th.

At school Nayanthara actively participates in Swimming, Basketball and painting. She can be a top sportsperson one of these days and the school expects a lot from her in the future, says M. Hallaldeen, Sports Co-ordinator of Wycherley.

Shuttle wizard to help Lankans
By Bernie Wijesekera
People, who have the game at heart and those who are prepared to make a personal sacrifice should hold office, said Prakash Padukone, Director, Badminton Academy, Bangalore, India, in an interview with The Sunday Times.

Prakash is here on a holiday with his family. A commonwealth Games gold medalist in 1978, and All-England champion in 1980, he won the Danish Open and Swedish Opens in the same year.He wsa World Cup winner in 1981 and All-India champ also in 1981 and hasmany more titles to his credit as a world class shuttler. Finally he won the Bronze in the 1983 World Championship.

He was in the company of brothers Oliver and Sumith Guruge, Risvie Jumar (President of the SLBF) and Priyantha Wijesinghe all officials of the governing body. Padukone, who runs the academy said that he trains about 20 players in different age groups.
The players are fully sponsored and afforded all the facilities. He was prepared to help the Sri Lanka Badminton Association in its endeavours to promote and develop the sport in the country.

Rizvie Jumar said plans are afoot to send a few players to the Banglore Academy within the next two months for training. Padukone has promised to assist them. Former champion L.R. Aryananda, too, was present to meet the shuttle wizard from India. Badmintion is a popular sport in Ambalangoda where Devananda College produced some of the best at the national level.

Late Ariyandasa Silva was one of the pioneers along with Sam Chndrasena, who did much to promote the sport. The Guruge brothers Oliver and Sumith who were outstanding players in thier time, now continue to help develop the sport.

CCC School thrash Indians at cricket
Under 17 Cricketers of CCC School of Cricket, Maitland Crescent, Colombo, returned to the Island this week after a very successful tour of Bangalore and Chennai.
IMTIAZ AHAMED Cricket Academy which hosted Sri Lankan boys in a four match tournament for the "Crown Event Trophy" could win only one match to CCC's three wins.

CCC School of Cricket, thus annexed the "Crown Challenge Trophy". All four matches were very high scoring encounters and had thrilling ends too. CCC School won the first two matches to take an early lead, but the hosts came back to win the third. The decisive fourth match which was a thriller finally ended in victory for the CCC School. The turnaround in the match came as a result of three brilliant pieces of fielding by the Colombo School.

For CCC. Sakura Wijetunga scored a stylish 132 in the first match with 11 fours and 6 sixers to his credit. Damith Warusawithana the CCC skipper also batted well to score 66 and 82 in the two encounters to make sure that his team won. Warusawithana had a tour average of 186.2 with a highest score of 142 not out in the final match.

In the third match Isuru Charith of CCC made his maiden century on debut, but it was in vain as Imtiaz Ahammled's Academy won this encounter. The vital fourth encounter saw CCC put in to bat, run up 276 runs in their allotted 45 overs with Thusitha Ranatunga scoring a workmanlike 96, and consistent scorer, Damith Warusawithana 82 put on 143 runs for the 3rd wicket. Inspite of good contributions from skipper Vikar Ahammed (48), B. Vikaz (40), and K.C. Avinash (60), I.A.C. Academy could muster only 247 for 9 wickets in their 45 overs.

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