Thilini Sudhara Jayasinghe – (Badminton)
Jayasinghe originates from Kandy where she attended Mahamaya College and was named Best Sports Woman in 2004. She took up badminton at the age of ten and has a great deal of competition experience.
Jayasinghe has competed at the Asian Championships in 2002 to 2003, 2005 and 2007 to 2011 with her best rank as a quarter finalist. She also competed at the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games as well as the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games where she was also a quarter finalist. She won a silver medal at the 2006 South Asian Games and was the captain of the Sri Lankan team for the World Mixed Team Championship held in China.
She was the first woman shuttler to have represented Sri Lanka at the Olympic Games when she competed in Beijing 2008 after a one-month international training stint in India. Jayasinghe will join Anuradha Cooray as an Olympic veteran on the team.
A last minute withdrawal of a women’s singles player from South Africa opened up a quota place in the event which was re-allocated to Jayasinghe due to her world ranking of 109th place. She is the only female representation from Sri Lanka in Badminton in London.