18.07.2014 in Group Companies, Latest by admin 0

Norfolk Foods ‘Crescent’ Sponsors St Thomas’ College Aquatic Sports

“Life is a wall, you have to climb it by pushing others to climb over and you will be pushed as well. Give a helping hand today.” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive.

Norfolk Foods, a subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings, has stepped forward to sponsor the aquatic sports unit of St Thomas College. With this, Norfolk Foods aims to support the swimming and water polo teams of the Mount Lavania school.

As expected at a school with a long and distinguished sporting history, aquatic sports at St Thomas’ College dates back to the first half of the twentieth century. It was the first school in Sri Lanka to have a swimming pool, which was built way back in 1933. Dr R L Hayman, who was the Sub Warden of the College, was instrumental in establishing the aquatic sporting unit and in encouraging young students to take up swimming.

The current Warden of St Thomas’ College, Indra De Soyza, was excited about the sponsorship and believed the students will directly benefit from it.

“We at St Thomas’ College aquatic sports are extremely happy to be sponsored by a wholesome brand name such as Norfolk foods, who are committed to excellence and to supporting the health and education of young boys.”

Given its pioneering role in aquatic sports, when water polo was first introduced in Sri Lanka during the 1970s, St Thomas College was again quick to embrace the sport and make it a standard in its sporting calendar. The annual water polo encounter against Royal College for the Dr R L Hayman Trophy has been a permanent fixture since 1991 and is one of the most attended aquatic fixtures among school sporting events.

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Mohamed Ziauddin, the Managing Director of Norfolk Foods, expressed his pleasure about sponsoring a young sports unit, and being a part of the development of some talented water sportsmen.

“We are excited to be part of this. Wholesomeness is the essence of our products and the well-being of our customers is at the heart of our business. In line with that, we believe in encouraging youngsters to embrace a healthy lifestyle early in life and we look forward to supporting the development of young people through athletic competition at the highest level.”

Norfolk Foods’ Crescent brand has been a pioneer in producing meat, poultry and vegetarian delicacies under a specialized range of products for the past two decades. Appropriately for a product that sponsors young athletes, Crescent foods are without the use of artificial colours, MSG or preservatives and are produced in a modern, hygienic, HACCP approved plant complete with modern technologies.

Ameena Mohamed, Development Manager at Norfolk Foods, highlighted the importance of supporting up and coming aquatic athletes in the island.

“Swimming is one of the few sports that provides a total bodily workout and water polo is still a young sport in the country. We thought it would be vital to provide support to the aquatic sports unit of St Thomas’ College, and we hope that someday we will have some international level aquatic sportsmen from Sri Lanka. ”

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