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Shonali following in the footsteps of her legendary grandmother

Jun 5, 2022
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Sophia Dharmasena an old girl of Government Central College Minuwangoda was a shining star in six sports such as Netball, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Football and Athletics.

She had the honour of representing the Sri-Lanka Netball team for the first ever inaugural World tournament in 1963 , which was staged in England and they were victorious against Northern Ireland and Wales. She was appointed as the captain of the Netball team in 1970 and the volleyball team in 1973 and had the distinction of becoming a double international

Sophia Dharmasena’s two sons Kishan and Suranjith are famous cricketers, who played for Thurstan College and division one club cricket for NCC and Tamil Union respectively and presently participates in the ongoing Masters 50 plus tournaments.

Suranjith represented the Sri-Lanka Schools under 19 team captained by Aravinda de Silva on the tour of Australia in 1984 and also the Masters World Cup tournament held in South Africa two years back.

Kishan’s daughter, 17 year old Shonali, a student of Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya has proved her talents in Basketball and has been chosen for the Sri-Lanka Basketball pool for the Commonwealth Games this year. Last year she was selected to represent the 3 X 3 Sri-Lanka team for the FIBA under 18 World championship held in Hungary.

Shonali is also the Vice Captain of the under 20 champion team, which took part in the division one All Island tournament and represented HFC Blues in the 53rd Senior Nationals where they emerged as runner up. Sophia Dharmasena has to be a proud Mother and grandmother, as this is another unique feat created by this family, representing Sri-Lanka in different fields of sports from three generations.

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