What a night !!!

Dinner in honour of Mr. Nimal De Silva

Saturday October 15th 2005 at Campbell Park - Sri Lanka

The best known Wesleyite in the world and the best paid professional sportsman in school's 130 year history, Sri Lankan test cricketer Farveeze Maharoof broke the traditions and hugged his master in charge of cricket when he presented Mr. Nimal De Silva a plaque which said

" Nimal Sir,  In recognition of your loyalty, dedication, generosity and highest level of Integrity. 25 years of memories we treasure
                                                             - Past cricketers of Wesley College."

Principal of Wesley College Mr. MAP Fernando kicked off the proceedings. He thanked Nimal De Silva for his services to Wesley & Wesley cricket.  His speech was followed by Mr. Edmund Dissanayake, whose love affair with Wesley cricket lasted for over 35 years as a player, coach and master in charge. Edmund Dissanayake paid tribute to Nimal De Silva for his tireless and dedicated services for Wesley Cricket.  Mahendra Dissnayake read out messages sent by old boys from around the world.  Asgar Hamidon, Mr. Suppiah, Mr. Premasara Epasinghe (guest speaker) and Mahendra Dissanayake  addressed the crowd.

A  moving speech was given by Mr. Nimal De Silva.  He spoke about his beginnings, school days and the days he coached and managed Wesley cricket.

People attended gave Nimal De Silva a rousing 3 cheers after the function and sang the college song.

Saturday 15th of October 2005 5PM-  Finishing touches by a lone worker at Campbell Park




7.30  PM - About to start the proceedings



Great speech by Mr. Edmund Dissanayake


Mr. Edmund Dissanayake paid tribute to Mr. Nimal De Silva for his tireless services for Wesley Cricket.
Rupavahini  cameraman captures the moment.


                      Guest speaker -famous cricket commentator  Premasara Epasinghe                  


" This is the first time past cricketers paid tribute to a cricket master for serving the school for 25 years in Sri Lanka . Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this historic occasion."



Thank you sir ..

U 15  Cricket Captain 1978 - Asgar Hamidon speaks.



A rare photograph of Charlie  drinking a non alcoholic juice.

Back at Campbell Park after 21 years - Wilson & Charlie were there to honour Nimal De Silva. So were Mr. Kalupahana (Badminton master /coach from the 70s and 80s ) and Mr. Mudalnayake (master in charge of Rugby)



Mr. Nimal De Silva

A moving speech ... he spoke about his beginnings, school days and the days he coached and managed Wesley cricket.



Wesley legend Mansar Jahn gives away the main gift

Mr. Suppiah Wesley athletics and Hockey master in charge of 1970's and 80's introduced Mansar Jahn as the only Wesleyite to captain the nation in any sport for the past 30 years (Sri Lanka Hockey captain 1994).  Mr. Suppiah also paid tribute to the brother of Mansar, the great Malik Jahn who died in 1984.  He said " I didn't even cry for my father's funeral, but I cried for his. Malik Jahn for me is the greates Wesley boy.


Organizing committee : Roshan Dassananyake , Darshana Liyanage, Prasad Amarasekara, Prakash Selvarajah, Mahendra Dissanayake & Mithri


Please support us to send Mr. & Mrs Nimal De Silva to Australia end of this year !!!!!


Mahendra Dissanayake in his speech said

"  As small kids we wanted to walk behind this teacher. But he did not let us walk behind him, he walked with us.
- for lot of us who started playing cricket in the mid 70ís or students who were fortunate to be in the Mack house from mid 1970ís till mid 1980ís Nimal De Silva is a champion teacher.

Nimal sir coached us to win 2 junior championships in 1976 & 1978. The boys he coached in his early days won the school championship in 1985.

During those years sport meets were held to choose which house was going to come second, because Mack was guaranteed the first place under Nimal Sir.

We Sri Lankan are sometimes reluctant to use the words "champion" and "great".  But no matter how strictly one uses those two words, they are appropriate to describe the unique human being whose achievements we celebrate this evening."