It's just a while ago, that I got the updated images of the Sri Lankan delegation who left on 17th instant for the 3rd IOAA, at Tehran, Iran. In fact the delegation composed of 5 individual students, who were qualified via the national Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics, together with the leader Dr. Chandana Jayarathne, who also is a senior staff member of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Mr. Saraj Gunasekera .
Above you can see the Sri Lankan delegation majestically posing with our national flag- The Lion Flag
The delegation is as follows:
Leader: Dr. Chandana Jayaratne
- Eranga Thilina Jayashantha
- Ashan Ariyawansa
- Yasith Mathangasinghe
- Shyaminda Bandara Basnayake
- Danula Sochiruwan Godagama
Here is the image that anyone could see at the official site @ http://ioaa2009.ir/team/srilanka
But at the time I was posting this, the site was not working and this is a saved image, thanks to Muditha Jayath of Anandian Astronomical Association.
While the Olympiad is in progress at the moment, I believe our talented team will see Sri Lanka won and bring glory to the island. Then that could be a greater victory for our country in the IYA 2009.
Out of the 5 local contestants for Olympiad, I personally know Eranga and Ashan and I hope they will do something better than last time. Especially I should highlight that Eranga Thilina, who holds the presidency of AAA, represented Sri Lanka in the last year's event @ 2nd International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics held in Bandung, Indonesia, from August 19 to 28, 2008 together with fellow compatriots Ashan & Yasitha as well.
I can also quote the Stats for IOAA 2008
- Ashan Ariyawansa - Nalanda College - Colombo
- Rajith Gihan Perera - De Mazenod College - Kndana
- Eranga Thilina Jayashantna - Ananda College - Colombo
- Yasith Mathangasinghe - Dharmaraja College - Kandy
- K G D Nisal Menuka - Royal College - Colombo
Yasith Mathangasinghe of Dharmaraja College-Kandy received an honorable mention award at this Olympiad.
OK, Now let's get back to IYA 2009 & IOAA 2009
I have a set of images that were really speaking the situation at the opening ceremony !! Here they are..
Our delegation along the parade..
Our delegates, bidding welcome in Sri Lankan way : Ayubowan !!
Eranga & Ashan looking anxious !!
Our guys, amongst other participants from around the world !!
Unforgettable snapshots of IOAA 2009, paying off the hardworking as potential being unleashed !!
So it's up to you guys.. we are anticipating ...All the best!!!