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Mevan Abishek the athlete turned swimmer

The Sri Lanka Universities Swimming Contingent for the World University Games held in Napoli, Italy in 2019. Standing L/R – Kaveeshani Wimalarathne, Thisari Karunathilake, Himani Vithanage, Nideesha Ellawala, Akshey Kumarajeewa, Kalana Wickramaarachchi (Captain), Amila Madushanka Fernando (Vice Captain), Mevan Abishek Induruwa. (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)
The Sri Lanka Universities Swimming Contingent for the World University Games held in Napoli, Italy in 2019. Standing L/R – Kaveeshani Wimalarathne, Thisari Karunathilake, Himani Vithanage, Nideesha Ellawala, Akshey Kumarajeewa, Kalana Wickramaarachchi (C

Swimmer and Athlete Mevan Abishek Jeremiah Induwara has brought honour and glory to his Alma Mater S. Thomas’ College Mount. Lavinia, University of Ruhuna and his motherland. Mevan was admitted to S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia in 2003 when Dr. David Ponniah was at the helm of the school. Mevan participated in the Inter House Sports Meet in 2006 and taking part in the under 11 age group he came second in 100 metres and third in 200 metres and up to 2011 he participated in the Annual Sports Meet. He was a member of the Thomian Athletic Team which participated at the Relay Carnival and his coach and Master in Charge was V A B Samarakoon. His father retired Army Officer Rohan Induruwa and mother Maheshika Induwara decided to give their only child an opportunity to become a swimmer and he commenced swimming at the Thomian pool from Grade One. He participated in the Inter House Meets and won places. When he was in Grade Five in 2007 he took part in the Inter House Swimming Meet and came second in 50 metre Breast Stroke and in the All Island Novices Meet he won the 50 and 100 metre Best Stroke and Butterfly events

Same year in the Sri Lanka Nationals participating in the 50 over Breast Stroke he set a Sri Lanka Schools Record and won the 100 metres Breast Stroke and 50 metres Butterfly Events. He was selected to the

Mevan Abishek Jeremiah Induwara

Asian Age Groups Aquatic Championship in 2009 held in Tokyo, Japan and in the same year in the Sri Lanka School Games he won Golds for 50 and 100 metres Breast stroke. With these performances under his belt in 2009 he was selected for the Under 12 Sri Lanka, India Dual Meet held in Bangalore, India. He won a Gold for 500 metres, Breastroke, Silver for Back Stroke, 50 metre and Butterfly. In 2010 he has to keep away due to illness and 2011 at the National Open Championship in the Breast Stroke he came up to the last seven and in 2012 at the National Championship in 1500 Free Style he grabbed a Silver and in 2012 National Age Group Meet Under 16 he won Golds for 800 and 400 Free Style and Individual Medley 400 metres a Gold. In the following year at the National Sports Festival Open Meet he won a Gold in the 200 meter Best Stroke and a Bronze 1500 Free Style and in the Asian Schools Swimming Championship in China in 2013 he participated for 400 and 1500 Free Style Events and could not perform well and in the Open National Swimming Championship in 2014 in 400 Individual Medley a Silver and 200 metre Brest Stroke a Silver and in 2015 at the Open National Swimming Championship he won a Gold for 200 metres Breast Stroke and in 2016 South Asian Aquatic Championship held in Sri Lanka where five countries participated and got the fourth place in the 800 metres Free Style.

In the National 10km Sea Swim he won a Bronze and got selected for the Asian Open Swimming Championship in Malaysia for the 10km Event and it was a fine exposure for him. In the meantime he passed the Advanced Level Examination with flying colours and got 3 “A”s and got selected to the Medical Faculty of Ruhuna University. In 2018 at the National Five Kilometres Sea Swim Championship he won a Gold and was selected for the Taiwan International Ten Kilometre Swimming Marathon and followed by the SINA World Marathon Series in Abu Dhabi and in 2019 five kilometre All Island Sea Swim he got the first place for the second successive year. He was selected to the World University Games In Milano, Italy and in the same year at the Sri Lanka University Games he set records for 400 Free Style, 200 Free Style, 200 metre Butterfly and awarded University Colours. According to Mevan during his swimming career which spans about 15 years he has won 190 medals which includes 70 Golds, 80 Silvers and 40 Bronze medals.