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Sashin with his father Mr. Susanth Nihal Karunaratne.
Sashin is the master of Youth Reporter Project

04 Nov 2012
Kandy, Sri Lanka: Fifteen-year old Sashin Leuke Bandara Karunaratne of Kandy Dharmaraja College has won the OCA Asian Games Youth Reporter Project held on Saturday in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Accompanied by his father, Mr. Susanth Nihal Karunaratne, a senior bank executive, Sashin received the medal, certificate and souvenir from the Hon. Sarath Ekanayake, Hon. Chief Minister/Minister of Provincial Education on Sunday.

Sashin, identified by his school principal as one of the best students in Kandy Dharmaraja College, has a bigger dream of becoming an aerospace engineer. “My dream is to become an aerospace engineer in the future,” he told ocasia.org after the award ceremony on Sunday, “Sri Lanka is a cricket-mad country but maybe I’m the only exception. I played sport before but had to stop due to heavy study pressure.”

On being asked how he wrote his winning essay with the title of "Lions outroar the tigers at Incheon", he said: “On reading the subject and starting to write, things just come to my mind and flowed like a river. "I wrote it in a breath and I was surprised, too, that I have such potential to be a sport journalist. I ‘d like to think about my future and maybe journalism is one of the other options.”

His father, Susanth Karunaratne, proudly said he would support his son if he wanted to pursue a career in sports journalism. "People can achieve their goal in many ways, and today he just discovered another future opportunity. He has a dream of travelling, so if sport can help make his dream come true, I’m also happy for that.”
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