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Yasodha a judo star in the making

Yasodha Pankajani Bibile, a talented Judoka.  (Picture. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corr)
Yasodha Pankajani Bibile, a talented Judoka. (Picture. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corr)

R.M. Yasodha Pankajani Bibile is a Grade 13 Student of Pushpadana Balika Vidyalaya, Kandy and one of the finest Judokas in the Central Province. She got admitted to the present School after getting through the Grade.5 Scholarship examination in 2011 and she started Judo at Pushpadana Balika.

She received a White Belt in the year 2013 and a Green Belt in 2015 and a Brown Belt in 2018 and she is expecting the Black Belt in Judo in the near future. Yasodha won the third place at the first Provincial Judo Championship held at Gampola competing in the 48 Kg.Weight class and in the same year in the All island Novices Meet too she secured the third place contesting in the 48 Kg. Weight class. In 2016 at the Provincial Judo Tournament which was held at Gampola again she showed her capabilities by winning the first place in Judo competing in the 57 Kg. Weight Class and in the same year she won the second place in the 57 Kg. weight class at the National Sports Festival held at Jayathillake Hall, Nawalapitiya. She secured the first place at the 57 Kg. weight class at the National Novices Judo Championship held at Gampola. In 2017 Yasodha secured the third place at the National Sports Festival held at DM Jayaratne Hall at Gampola contesting in the 70 Kg. weight class and in the same year she won the third place at the 20th Sri Lanka Schools Judo Championship and at the all Island Games in the 57 Kg. weight class.

In 2018 she secured the third place at the provincial Meet and at the 21st Judo Championship held in the same place in 57 Kg. weight class. In 2019 she secured the third place in the 57 Kg.weight class at the Sri Lanka Schools Judo Championship. In 2020 too she won the second place in 70 Kg. weight class at the National Sports Festival. She has participated in three different Judo championships held abroad in Expo International Sports Olympiad for WORC Unity held in October 2015 and in 2018 at the Five Continents Judo Championship held in France and she was selected for the Best Performers Category.

In November, 2019 she participated at the Open Judo Championship held in Indonesia and she won Zonal colours in Judo in 2018 and 2019. She received the President’s Guide Award in 2019 and became the School Games Captain and she is also a Member of the School English Medium Unit and a Member of the School Science Society. Her ambition is to continue Judo and to enter the Kotalawala Education Institute to do higher studies.