Indrawansa Herath to officiate at tournament

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Indrawansa Herath left the Island on 9 August along with the Masters Hockey teams to umpire at the Masters World Cup Hockey tournament to be held in Nottingham, England from 12-21 August. 

A product of St. Thomas College Matale, he was born on 6 August 1965. He started playing for his school at the tender age of 11. During the era as a player from 1984 to 1996, he represented the Sri Lanka Schools Hockey team, Matale team, Central Province team and Sri Lanka Youth Hockey team.

He first represented the National team in 1990 (team won a silver medal), and captained the team in 1996. He also has the distinction of representing the
Sri Lanka Masters Hockey team that participated at the first World Cup Masters tournament in Barcelona, Spain in 2018.

He following an Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course in 1987 and first coached his Alma Mater, and subsequently Sangamitta BMV, Zahira College, Matale, Dharmaraja Kandy from 2017 onwards (emerged champions of the All-Island Royal sevens in 2019), Matale District Schools Boys and Girls teams and Matale District Senior and Junior teams. Many of his students went on to represent our motherland and some are presently in the National team. 

From 1995-1997, he was appointed Sri-Lanka Schools Junior and Senior coach, and was reappointed from 2000 onwards. During his tenure, the under-16 stickers participated at the Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in Bangladesh in 2003.

Towards the latter stages, he took up umpiring and graduated as an umpire approved by the Sri Lanka Hockey Federation. His first assignment as an umpire was at the Junior Nationals in 1992 and thereafter at the Senior Nationals in 1999. He was appointed as a Technical Officer in 2013 by the Asian Hockey Federation and now also serves as an International umpire. 

He has umpired at many International tournaments since 1998. He also had the opportunity to function as a judge at the Men’s 7’s Junior Asia Cup Hockey tournament in Melaka, Malaysia in 2013 and Men’s Junior Asia Cup Hockey tournament in Muscat, Oman in 2019.

By M.H.Yakeem