Matthew Abeysinghe achieved a remarkable feat becoming the first Sri Lankan swimmer to achieve ‘Olympic B Standards’ to qualify for the Olympics. All previous swimmers who have participated in the games have done so as wildcard or universality entries. Having moved to the Island from USA in 2010, Matthew is also the only male swimmer to hold all national free style records. It’s a phenomenal achievement by this young swimmer to have achieved qualification standards for his debut Olympics raising the bar for all swimmers in the country.
Speaking on Abeysinghe’s success The Secretary General stated that ‘It’s a ground breaking achievement for swimming in Sri Lanka, Matthew was offered a scholarship in Thailand by FINA the International governing body of swimming after qualifying for world championships but he declined the scholarship to train in Thailand. FINA then offered the same scholarship for Matthew to train under his father /coach Manoj Abeysinghe at KWA in Colombo which he accepted. He is an example of how we can create home grown champions provided that they are given proper guidance and training. Credit should go to Manoj for his relentless effort in training this young swimmer and we are glad to have been part of his success story.’
Mathew with his Coach Mr. Manoj Abeysinghe Mathew with SLASU President Mr. Jayantha Gamage