The Primary Section of Royal College had its first ever five day Swimming Carnival from 07th to 11th May 2018 at the College Swimming Pool
The main objective of this event was to promote sports, amongst children in the junior grades especially promote swimming . Throughout the Carnival, there were ample opportunities for the youngsters to take part in some kind of an aquatic game, even for those who are unable to swim at all.. As swimming is mostly considered an individual game, these activities were included also in order to promote the team spirit amongst the children.
This was a magnificent event with a participation of approximately 69% of the total student population in the Primary Section. As this was held for the first time in the history of Royal College with no any benchmarks to follow, the process facilitation had to be done by the Old Royalists’ HR Professionals’ Association (ORHRPA) on a request of the College Authorities. “This would be just a start of a long journey for swimming at Royal College. A well-structured approach resulted in this remarkable success with the support of the College senior leadership team and the parent groups, appointed with varying responsibilities, as the organizing committee” stated Prabhash Hettiarachchi, President – ORHRPA. Furthermore, he appreciated the leadership support given by the senior leadership of the College, Secretary of the RCU, Mrs. Subhodha Samarasinghe, Teacher-in-charge of Swimming of the Primary Section and Mr. Nishantha de Costa, the Head Coach and his team.
A separate solemn award ceremony was held in the presence of Director of Sports in the Ministry of Education, Col. Manjula Kariyawasam as the Chief Guest and Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe former Navy Commander & High Commissioner to Australia as the Guest of Honour at Navarangahala, on 31st May 2018.