04.01.2013 in Expolanka by admin 0

Expolankians shine in the national sporting arena

The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative.
Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can. For many of us who struggle with ‘fitting in’ or our identity – sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things – Dan O’Brien, former Olympic and World Decathlon champion

Sports have always been an integral part of the ethos of Expolanka. As a company we have realized that sports create a unique bond between people that is not created in any other way. We have experienced how sports provide people with structure, discipline and a genuine, pure fulfillment that is delivered by few other areas of endeavor.
Our sporting arm, Expo sports, works towards achieving its vision ‘to be a valuable component of the spirit of Expolanka and become a competitive corporate in the mercantile sporting arena’. The mission of Expo sports is ‘to unite all Expolankians through sports’. With time, Expo sports has been able to successfully create a platform for members to contribute and thrive in the national sporting arena.
Over the years, within the ranks of our employees, there have been many individuals who have been blessed with an abundance of sporting talent. These special employees have been our pride and joy. We have rejoiced during their victories and grieved with them over their disappointments.
For nearly a decade, Expolanka has boasted a strong indoor cricket team. The team has excelled in corporate indoor cricket tournaments and has brought many accolades to the company. A recent highlight for Expo Sports is the inclusion of three talented indoor cricket stars to the Sri Lanka Indoor Cricket Squad. Sankalpa Vaas and Isham Ghouse who were squad members for the Indoor under 25 team and young Nishan Dilip who also played for the Indoor Open Men’s Team will use their skills to help take their team and their nation towards victory in future tournaments.

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Lasitha Perera, the captain of the Sri Lanka National Water Polo team and an employee at theRoyal Jordanian Airlines, is another sporting star at Expolanka. Lasitha is a Sri Lankan water polo prodigy.  He started his sporting career at the age of thirteen at St. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia and has grown up to be one of the best water polo players the country has ever produced. After leading the St. Thomas’s team to a number of victories such as winning against the Kerala state team in 2003, gaining the coveted Dr. R.L. Hayman trophy in 2004 against Royal College and winning the 14th inter school water polo championship in 2001, Perera joined the Sri Lankan Navy to further his water polo career.

 

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At present, Lasitha is the captain of the Navy Water Polo Team and has led the sailors to victories at the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Defence Services Games. The sailors, with Lasitha at the helm, have also won the 2009 Ellawala League Championship and the Mike Sirimanne Memorial Water Polo Championship in 2010. Recently, more laurels were heaped upon Lasitha when he was named the captain of the Sri Lankan National Water Polo side for the 9th Asian Swimming and Water Polo Championship that was held in Dubai in November 2012. Undoubtedly, this would have been the proudest moment in Lasitha’s sporting career.

Another Expolankian making waves in the national sporting arena is Shazny Mohamed. Shazny is a star footballer. He first played the ‘beautiful game’ at the age of 13 and he has been hooked ever since. Shazny schooled at Zahira College, Colombo and was part of the Sri Lanka national youth team. Afterwards, he joined Colombo Football club and later Expolanka as an employee at Peri Logistics.

“Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a professional footballer. I love the game so much.” Shazny says.

Shazny is a consistent performer. At the Colombo Football club, which is one of the premier football clubs in the country, he holds the record for most goals scored in a match, nine. He also played a pivotal role in the Expolanka football team that won the Mercantile Football Division A Championship in 2011 and 2012. In fact, Shazny scored all five goals at the 2012 final in which Expolanka beat HNB 5-1.

Recently, Shazny was chosen as one of the six players from the Colombo district to take part in a training camp hosted by Manchester United. The training took place at the Trafford training center in Carrington, Manchester and the current assistant manager of the club, Michael Phelan led the sessions.

“It was an unforgettable experience” Shazny said, “During the tour we witnessed a match between Manchester United and QPR. We shook hands with  Rio Ferdinand, Rafael, Phil Jones, David De Gea and Federico Macheda. We experienced world class training. All in all, I was very fortunate to be a part of it”.

“I am also proud to be part of the Expolanka sporting family”, Shazny added “The support that we receive from the management is incredible. I hope to continue to play for the Expo football team and I believe that we have the talent to do even better next season.”

Shazny’s words epitomize the spirit of Expo sports. The goal of expo sports is to create one team, one company and one spirit. Players like Shazny are a great encouragement to all of us at Expolanka and they prove that Expo sports is achieving its goal.

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