Ginigathena Primary School, Kottawa Dharmapala Vidyalaya and Vijeriya Primary Embilipitiya were top achievers in the Grade 5 event of Nestle Kids Athletics Championship, held at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy. Ginigathena Primary School topped the Boy’s segment ahead of Government Muslim Boy’s School, Akkaraipattu, who finished at second, and Ambagamuwa Model Primary School, who finished third. Kottawa Dharmapala Vidyalaya topped the Girls’ segment. Ambagamuwa Model Primary School finished behind the toppers at second while Udawala Primary School Embilipitiya came in behind at third.
The Mixed segment was dominated by Vijeriya Primary School Embilipitiya, who finished in front of Nochchimoddai Primary School, Vavuniya and Alakolawewa Vidyalaya, Walapane finished behind at third. As in Nestle’s successful events held earlier for Grade 3 and Grade 4 athletes, the Grade 5 event too attracted 2556 young athletes from 213 teams. Bandula Egodage, the Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication of Nestle Lanka graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Sri Lanka Schools Kids Athletics Championship is part of Nestle Healthy Kids programme, which teaches school children on improved diets, healthy cooking, hydration, food safety and hygiene. The programme is part of Nestle’s global initiative, Nestle for Healthier Kids, which aims at helping 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030, by offering nutritious products and advice for families on nutrition and exercise.