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Oshada Attanayake a versatile sportsman

Twelve year old Karateka , member of the school under thirteen cricket pool and athlete Oshada Attanayake has brought honour and fame to Napokuna Junior School, Sandalankawa. Last year he joined Sandalankawa Central College He was admitted to Napokuna Junior School when Chinthaka Rathnasuriya was the Principal of the school in 2014 and his first class teacher was Mrs. Ruvini.

When he was at his former school he participated in the Inter House Athletic Meets in 2015 and 2016. In both these years he did 50 metres and 4x50 metre relay and came second and third respectively. In 2016 he participated in the Divisional Tournament as a member of the Inter House Relay team and did 4x60 metres

As he took an interest in Karate his parents Sampath Attanayake and Sureka Rajapakse admitted him to the ISKU Karate Academy in 2015 and he came under Sugath Kumara. His first Karate Meet was SFKF Open Karate Championship in 2017 and he got a certificate for ending up in the the first sixteen in the under eight age group.

In 2017 he participated in the Karate-Do Federation Kurunegala District Meet and got a merit certificate for Best performance and in the fourth Open Semi Contact Karate Championship held in Colombo he won a Gold Medal for Kumite

In the following year in the under nine age group he received a Certificate for participation and at the International Open Karate Championship and at the 6th Karate Championship he won a gold for Kumite in the under nine age group In the same year participating in a higher age group at the North Western Province Meet under 25 KGS he won a gold for Kumite and in the First Championship Karate Meet he got a bronze for Kumite In 2019 at the Japan Gimhan Shotokan RYU Meet he was awarded a merit certificate and again in the Shotokan Open Karate-Do Meet he got a certificate for participation

In the 7th Kurunegala District Karate Meet he won a gold for Kumite. In the under 30kgs event and in the 28th North Western Province Kumite Meet and 35kgs category he won a gold for Kumite and in the All Island Karate-Do Association Tournament he grabbed another gold for Kumite at the under ten age group and in the Sri Lanka Friends SSKF Championship he got a bronze for Kumite and finally at the second Sr Lanka Schools Karate Association-Do Championship he received a silver. During his karate career he has won nine medals which includes six gold one silver and two bronzes.

Oshada following his father Sampath Attanayake’s footsteps was selected to the Under 13 cricket pool last year but could not participate in the matches due to Coronavirus. He is an all round cricketer left hand bat and a medium pace bowler.

When he representnts Sandalankawa Central he will be in the third generation of Attanayake family to play cricket as his grand father Peiris Attanayake too represented Sandalankawa Central at cricket.