23rd December 2017 15:57:43 Hours
A ceremony to appreciate and reward special para sports skills of Special Forces (SF) War Heroes at the Regimental Headquarter Battalion of the Special Forces at Seeduwa got underway this morning (23) under the auspices of Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army.
The special event organized by the Regimental Headquarter Battalion of the Special Forces to provide more incentives to the para athlete, Corporal J.A.M.P Jayakody who did exceptionally well in a series of international and local rowing tournaments in the recent past bringing recognition and credit to the Special Forces and the Army was awarded a brand new imported canoe for enhancement of his rowing skills on the occasion by the day’s Chief Guest Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army.
Corporal J.A.M.P Jayakody secured fourth place in both Asian Rowing Tournament and Para Olympic Selection Tournament, held respectively in China and Italy. In addition, he won many other awards in a number of local tournaments for rowing.
During the same time, four more para athletes who shine in the sphere of para sports were awarded Army Colours by the Chief Guest in appreciation of their sports talents.
Adding more importance to the memories of fallen SF War Heroes and recognition of the services of disabled SF War Heroes, award of 11 scholarships to children of those War Hero families took place during the same ceremony where the spouses and family members of those War Heroes were also present.
Moreover, the SF showing concern towards the civil employees working in the SF Headquarter Battalion, a large stock of school accessories to five children of selected civil employees were distributed in the same ceremony.
In a symbolic gesture at the same occasion, Lieutenant Colonel Asanka Perera, Commanding Officer, RHQ Battalion, SF awarded a propaganda sticker that has been produced by the SF for promotion of its image to the Commander of the Army while the SF recruitment drive is currently in progress.
Brigadier Harendra Ranasinghe, Regimental Centre Commandant, SF, Brigadier Senerath Yapa, SF Brigade Commander, Colonel Chandimal Peiris, Deputy Centre Commandant, SF, relatives and spouses of the War Heroes, Officers and Other Rankers were present during the ceremony.