An Iconic Woman Opening Doors for the Younger Generation
6 December 2019 10:43 am
Words : Prabha Rupasinghe
She is strong. she is bold. She is kind. She is a modern day warrior. Breaking barriers since she was a teenager. she is a renaissance woman who opened up doors for the young champions in Sri Lanka to conspire dreams, which were impossible few decades back.
Wining 1997 and 1996 Championship for Karate in Japan and later going on to win the 1996 and 1997 Judo Championship in Japan. First place in Judo since 1994 -1996 in Japan- an impressive list of achievements. How a single person can excel in such sports, specially being a woman! Let’s meet Seetha Wijewardene – national Karate coach of Sri Lanka since 2016, and the Asian Federation Karate Coach.
She started training on Karate and Judo when she was just merely fifteen years old. “It started as a challenge” she remembers fondly. I used to have friends, four boys, who used to go for karate training. When I asked to join them – they said that because I am a girl – I won’t be able to bear the pain. “they said that the karate starts with breaking my nose. Aimed with immense curiosity and more ever a steely determination she pursued a centre which teaches Karate and went along”.
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