Little torpedo - Sandev
It is so exciting when someone change his whole life at the age of
seven. Sandev Senaratne did so when he was a grade three student at St.
Sebestianís College, Moratuwa by taking up to swimming.
Actually it was not this kid alone who decided his long to go
sporting path, the swimming instructor then at St. Sebestian, Camaron
Kuma saw his inborn talent when Sandev splashed water in the pool in a
sports selection programme at St. Sebastianís Swimming Academy, some
The root behind the talent, Sandevís parents had no hesitation in
accepting Kumaís invitation to take up swimming for their son.
Sandev did not take so long to prove that it was a worthy decision
when he came first in pentathlon championships at St. Benedictís
swimming meet in 2009.
That was the beginning of a chain of medals for Sandev where he went
on to win many swimming events since then.
His father, Janaka Kumara Senaratne, a businessman by profession,
takes his little boy for practices three times a week, in the morning
and evening. Sandev has the luck of having a teacher mother at home, and
her support and guidance must have been an anchor for all his
achievements. This year has been a record breaking season for little
Sandev as he already has set up two new meet records in butterfly stroke
50 meters in the 38th Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Championships and in the
37th National Age Group Aquatic Championships.
Sandev had the rare opportunity of becoming an Anandian because of
his excellent performances where he met the national coach Nishantha
Kumarapperuma who is also the swimming coach at Ananda College and that
combination has gained much for Sandev and his college. This little
torpedo was to participate in India- Sri Lanka Dual Swimming Meet in
Bangalore but had to give priority for grade five scholarship
examination a month ago.
Sandev has to keep going and he has ample time to plan and organize
to bring international medal to his motherland some day.