SLAF felicitates sports personalities

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Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Colours Night for 2018 to 2021 took place at the Eagle’s Lakeside Banquet and Convention Hall in Ratmalana recently.

SLAF Academy China Bay and SLAF Station Colombo were awarded the Vernon Rajapaksha Trophy for being the Best Unit in Sports for the year 2018 and 2019 respectively.

The outstanding Sport of the Year for the President Air Force Sports Council Trophy was won by (Women) Taekwondo (2018), Wrestling (2019), and (Men) Taekwondo (2018) and Beach Volleyball (2019).

Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal D.C. Perera Memorial Trophy for the Most Dedicated Sports Personality of the year was presented to Warrant Officer JAS Kumara (Manager Taekwondo) for 2018 and Sergeant Appuhamy WASR (Manager Wrestling) for 2019.

Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, General Kamal Guneratne (Rtd) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Commander of SLAF, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana along with his wife, Charmini Pathirana and top officials of SLAF were among the distinguished guests.

Main award winners

Group Captain Roger Weerasinghe Memorial Trophy for most Outstanding Upcoming Sports Personality

2018 – Leading Aircraftman WLM Fernando (Cycling)

2019 – Leading Aircraftwoman RGIY Weerasinghe (Soccer)

Flight Lieutenant Priya Abeyweeragunawardana Memorial Trophy for the most Outstanding Sportswoman

2018 – Corporal BDH Gomes (Weightlifting)

2019 – Corporal WKLA Nimali (Athletics)

Flight Lieutenant A. Vartharasa Memorial Trophy for the Most Outstanding Sportsman

2018 – Sergeant MLAP Kumara (Beach Volleyball)

2019 – Leading Aircraftman RCN Dharmawardana (Judo)

By Special Correspondent