Versatile Athlete Matheesha Shines in Squash and Hockey Arenas

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In the dynamic world of squash, where talent meets dedication, emerges a 15-year-old prodigy, Matheesha Wijesekera from Royal College. Fresh from a stellar performance in the Sri Lanka Air Force Squash Championship, Matheesha is poised to take on the international stage with two upcoming tournaments.

His journey begins at the 15th RedTone KL Open Junior Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, scheduled from December 5 to 10. Swiftly following, Matheesha will dive into the OncoCare Singapore Junior Open Squash Championship, set to commence from December 13 to 17.

Matheesha’s recent triumph in the Air Force Open Squash Championship saw him clinch both the Under-19 and Under-17 championship titles, marking his fifth double championship feat in the past five national-level tournaments. His remarkable victories extend to tournaments like the YETI Junior Open Squash Tournament, Air Force Squash Championship, Junior National Squash Championship, and Edinborough Open Squash Championship.

Beyond the squash court, Matheesha showcases his versatility as an accomplished hockey player for the Royal College, where he also captains the Under-16 Hockey Team.

Following the footsteps of his brother Aakash Wijesekera (a former Royal College squash team player) and his father Lt Col Upul Wijesekera (a former Sri Lanka Army squash team player), Matheesha discovered his passion for squash. Both Matheesha and Aakash have earned squash colors at Royal College.

Matheesha’s squash journey has taken him to international platforms, including the 30th Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship in Dalian, China, earlier this year. He proudly represents Sri Lanka in the Asian Junior Squash Championship, participating in the 26th edition in 2019 in Macau, China; the 29th edition in Pattaya, Thailand, in 2022; and the 30th edition again in Dalian, China.

His global squash odyssey includes notable tournaments such as the Doha Junior Open Squash Tournament in 2022 (where he secured the Plate Championship), the 13th and 14th RedTone KL Open Squash Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2019 and 2022, and the OncoCare Junior Open Squash Championship in Singapore last year. Matheesha also showcased his skills in the India Junior Open in New Delhi earlier this year.

Despite facing financial constraints that prevented him from participating in the World Junior Squash Championship in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this year, Matheesha perseveres under the guidance of Sri Lanka’s second-ranked squash player, Shamil Wakeel, along with fitness coach Thushara Wasantha Kumara and Royal College Coach RS Deen.

As Matheesha embarks on the upcoming international tournaments, the world eagerly watches the ascent of this young sensation, acknowledging him not just for his skill on the court but for the resilience and passion that define his journey in the world of squash.

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Matheesha Wijesekera basks in the glow of victory, showcasing his latest conquest – a stunning double championship in the Under-17 and Under-19 categories at the 15th Sri Lanka Air Force Squash Championship.
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Matheesha Wijesekera proudly stands amidst a treasure trove of triumphs – a collection of trophies, shields, and medals that tell the story of his remarkable journey.
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