UNAMBOOWE Heshan < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Sri Lanka   
Gender Men
Born 19 May 1992 in Kandy, SRI
Height1.80 m
Weight 74 kg
Human Interest
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Nuna Wading Club: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
General Interest
Hobbies Watching cricket and rugby, listening to hip hop music, playing the organ, reading. (dailynews.lk, 22 Feb 2007, island.lk, 29 Jun 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold, silver and bronze at the 2005 Asian Age Group Swimming Championship in Bangkok. (island.lk, 29 Jun 2008)
Famous relatives His sister, Heshani, is also a swimmer. (dailynews.lk, 22 Feb 2007)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? As a young child he suffered from asthma, so doctors advised his parents to introduce him to swimming as part of the medical treatment. From then on he became interested and continued swimming.
General Interest
Most influential person in career "Undoubtedly my parents. They're such amazing people and all my achievements are results of their untiring efforts. They've been behind me whenever I needed them and I'm greatly indebted and thankful to them." (dailynews.lk, 11 May 2010)
Hero / Idol Michael Phelps. (island.lk, 29 Jun 2008)
Ambitions To go to university in the US to train and study engineering. (nation.lk, 17 Jun 2012)
Sport Specific Information
Training Regime Trains nine times a week - every morning, plus Monday and Friday evenings
When and where did you begin this sport? He started swimming when he was four years old.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Student
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "First of all you should love the sport that you engage in. Dedication and training come next. I believe success follows these two features. You should believe in yourself and be fit both mentally as well as physically. To be successful in anything, you should have an interest within yourself. Nobody can create that interest on your behalf. Nothing is impossible if you love it and have the courage to practice it consistently." (dailynews.lk, 22 Feb 2007, island.lk, 29 Jun 2008)
He has been training at Nuna Wading Club in Australia, after being offered an Olympic Scholarship. (nation.lk, 17 Jun 2012)
Further Personal Information
Higher education Trinity College: Kandy, SRI