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Prasad Jayasanka a paddler par excellence

Prasad Jayasanka
Prasad Jayasanka

Twenty Three year old, Prasad Jayasanka de Silva is an old boy of Vidyartha College, Kandy who is a talented Table Tennis player who was coached by Buddhika Dikkumbura and Gayan Liyanage, both outstanding Table Tennis players of the School.

Prasad started his TT career at the age of Five years and in the year 2012 at the Junior National TT championship he became the Under Twelve mixed doubles Champion and in 2014 he secured the Under 21 Singles title. In 2015 at the Senior National TT championship he became Runners-up at the Men’s Singles event in the Under 21 age category and he won Gold Medals at the TT Championship conducted by the Ministry of Sports at the National Festival from 2013 to 2017 but in the year 2014 he won only a Silver Medal.

In 2015 and 2016 Prasad secured the Under 18 Boys doubles TT Championship partnered by Nirmala Jayasinghe and at the Open Men’s Singles Championship in 2017 conducted by the Colombo Municipal Council Sports Dept. became the Runner-up. He was the Boys’ TT Champion at the Isuru Devapriya Challenge Trophy Open All Island Ranking TT Championship in the year 2017 and in the same year he participated at the Inter Club League TT tournament of the Under 17 Mercantile TT championship.

At International level, he represented Sri Lanka National TT team in the year 2016 for the South Asian Games held in Shilong, Guwathi, India and secured a Silver Medal in the team event and at the Asian-Junior TT championship in 2015 held in Malaysia he got the 11 th place and at the same Championship held in Pakistan he received a Bronze Medal and another Bronze at the doubles event and in 2013 at the South Asian Junior Cadet TT championship held in India he won a Silver Medal at the Cadet Boys’ team event and a Bronze in the Singles event.

Prasad received the School Junior colours in Three consecutive years and School Senior Colours from 2013 to 2016 and he was awarded the ‘Best Sports Star’ of Vidyartha College, Kandy in the year 2015 and Sri Lanka Table Tennis colors in 2015 & 2016 at the College Colours award Ceremony and received a Gold Medal.

After leaving School he is continuing TT practices to be a National Player as well as an International player and at present he is Employed at Emjay International (Pvt) Ltd and he is thankful to his Table Tennis Coaches and the Principal of the School for the guidance given to him.


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