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Hiruni Navodya, a champions karateka in the making

The karate contingent of UKF Karate Academy which participated at the Shimoga Open International Karate Championship in Bangalore, India in 2018. Hiruni Navodya Herath squatting in the front row second from left. (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)
The karate contingent of UKF Karate Academy which participated at the Shimoga Open International Karate Championship in Bangalore, India in 2018. Hiruni Navodya Herath squatting in the front row second from left. (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sports

Karate Green Belt holder and gold medalist H. M. Hiruni Navodya Herath has brought honour and fame to her school Holy Family Convent Marawila. Hiruni was admitted to the Holy Family Convent Marawila in 2009 when Rev. Sister Nimali Perera was at the helm of the school and her first class teacher was Mrs. Tissera. When she was in Grade four she commenced Guiding and did up to Grade ten. She was guided by Mrs. Moreen, Mrs. Nilambika and the Prefect of Games Mrs. Susila.

She started Gymnastic when she was in Grade four under Mrs. Anastien who was later unfortunately transferred to another school. As Hiruni had a passion for karate her parents Chaminda Upul Bandara Herath and Kumudini Anusha Perara admitted her to ISKU Karate Academy where she came under Master Susantha Sugath Kumara in 2014.

Her first karate meet was the 7th UKF International Karate Championship in 2015 where she competed in the under eleven age category. She has proved her prowess at the very first meet she participated by winning a gold medal for Kata and bagging a silver for Kumite.

 Hiruni Navodya Herath

Same year at the Karate -do – Federation Puttalam District Meet she won a gold for Kumite and a Silver for Kata in the under 13 age category. In the North Western Provincial Meet at the same age category she won a gold for Kata and went on to bag her first National level medal at the Sri Lanka Karate National Championship by winning a gold medal.

Participating in the Sri Lanka Karate Do Puttalam Meet she won golds for Kata and Kumite in the under 15 age group and in the North Western Province Meet she won a gold for Kumite and a bronze for Kata. Having excelled in many local meets she was selected to the Sri Lankan team and participated at the Shimoga Open International Karate Tournament in Bangalore, India.

Continuing her winning streak Hiruni clinched a gold for Kata and a silver for Kumite competing in the under 15 age category. It has been a great experience for young Hiruni where she gained the much needed exposure at the international level.

In 2019 participating in the Puttalam District Meet she won a gold for Kumite and a bronze for Kata and in the NWP Meet she won a Silver in Kata. She was well supported by Rev. Sister Krishani for her Karate and after passing the Ordinary Level Examination she shifted to Methodist High School, Katunayake where Mrs. Punya Shyamali de Silva is at the helm. Her transfer has been a great lost for the Holy Family Convent Marawila and a big gain for Methodist High School.

She has won 14 medals including eight golds, four silvers and two bronze medals during the last four years representing Methodist High School. Hiruni hopes to continue her karate career to the highest level while focusing on her studies.