Mr. Kishu Gomes (Managing Director/CEO) Caltex Lubricants Lanka Limited presenting the award to Dushanth Lewke – Most Popular Ruggerite
December 06, 2006 : Caltex Lubricants Lanka Limited paid tribute to the stars of rugby at a function held at the North Lawn of the Taj Samudra, today.
At the Caltex Observer Touchdown Rugby Awards, presentations were made to the Most Popular Ruggerite, Dushanth Lewke and the Most Popular Rugby Club – Kandy Sports Club. This selection took place through a competition which appeared in the newspapers during the months from May to August where readers were encouraged to votes for their preferred club and ruggerite.
Also at this ceremony, Kandy Sports Club was also awarded the best team for 2006 based on their performance at the Caltex Inter Club League and Knockout Tournaments.
They were judged the best team by the National Selection Committee who says that their decision this year’s was based on the performance the team displayed during the Caltex rugby season.
The association between Caltex and the SLRFU commenced in 1999, and subsequently, through this partnership the organization took up the sponsorship of the Inter Club League and Knockout tournaments. Caltex who have been the sponsors since 2000 says they are committed to the up-liftment of the sport. “We have been with the game of Rugby for 6 years and have signed up with the SLRFU to continue our support until 2010. We have dedicated ourselves to help the rural penetration and popularization of this game which is essential for its development.” says Kishu Gomes, CEO / Managing Director of Caltex in Sri Lanka.
There were also awards given to Pavithra Fernando for the ‘Best Captain’, Chamara Vithanage for the ‘Best Player’, Danushka Boteju for the ‘Best Forward’, Mohamed Sheriff for the ‘Best Three Quarter’ and Madeesha Silva for the ‘Most Promising Young Ruggerite’.
Caltex says in their commitment to popularise the sport in the provinces they have introduced the Caltex Interprovincial Tournament which took place during the months of September and October this year with teams from the Southern, Western, Central Provinces and the defence forces competing in this tournament. The champion’s trophy was also awarded today to the Central Province team who won the Caltex Inter Provincial Tournament at the finals in October.