Trinity all-rounder wins Lakshman Kadirgamar gold medal for oratory

By L.B.Senaratne in Kandy

Nineteen-year-old Channaka Nanayakkara of Trinity College, Kandy was awarded the Lakshman Kadirgamar Gold Medal for Oratory at the school prize giving last week. The award goes to the student with best oratorical skills during the previous year.

The Gold Medal is presented by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Foundation to Trinity College, the alma mater of the late Foreign Minister, for the Best Orator of the College. The award was pinned by Ms. Imam, wife of Supreme Court Judge W.M. Imam, who was the Chief Guest at the 2012 Prize Giving held at the College Hall last Friday.

The winner, Channaka Nanayakkara, is currently following higher studies at the SLIIT in Malabe, with an ambition to be a software engineer. During school years, he was a member of the debating team, and secretary of the Literary Association. He also participated in Shakespeare drama competitions where he displayed his oratorical skills best.

His interest in international relations and current affairs made him be the coordinator of Sri Lanka's Youth Model United Nations. Proving an all-rounder, Channaka also played rugby, and participated in swimming, golf and kick-boxing at school.

The late Lakshman Kadirgamar was a Ryde Gold medalist at Trinity College, a prize given for the best student. He was a triple coloursman in rugby, cricket and athletics.

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