The performances of Srilankan youth show that Sri Lanka is a good grooming ground for young players. Since the inception of the World Youth Scrabble Championships (WYSC), Sri Lanka has put forth stellar performances and won a hat trick of team titles in 2015 (Perth), 2016 (Lille), 2017 (Kuala Lumpur). Sri Lanka also produced a World Youth champion in the 2017 event as well as the world under 16 champion and the world under 10 champion.

The Sri Lanka Scrabble® League organizes several tournaments a year aimed at improving the skills of the youth and identifying hidden talent. These tournaments are:

  • All Island Scrabble Competition (AISC) –Sub Junior (U13) & Junior (U18)

  • All Island Inter School Scrabble Tournament (AIISST)

  • Schools Scrabbler of the Year (SSOY)

    Additionally, the young players are given ample opportunity to compete against the best rated players of the country at tournaments.

    Players who have represented Sri Lanka at the WYSC

Year

Name of player

Rank

2006

Samitha Amarasinghe

12th

Lahiru Elvitigala

20th

2007

Lahiru Elvitigala

24th

Charith Rajasiri

31st

Sheroze Sheriffdeen

32nd

2008

Samitha Amarasinghe

8th

Malinda Gunawardena

14th

Lahiru Elvitigala

28th

2009

Lahiru Elvitigala

20th

Yeshan Jayasuriya

22th

Nimalan Premakumar

26th

Sheroze Sheriffdeen

49th

2010

Ransimala Weerasuriya

11th

Yasiru Fernando

15th

Nishan Perera

21st

Yeshan Jayasuriya

25th

Vinu Wijesekera

32nd

Migara Jayasinghe

35th

Sasika Jayasuriya

71st

2011

Yeshan Jayasuriya 4th
Nimalan Premkumar 5th
Migara Jayasinghe 30th
Sasika Jayasuriya 48th
Anisha Bandaranaike 55th
Nishan Perera 56th

2012

Yeshan Jayasuriya 5th
Yasiru Fernando 6th
Migara Jayasinghe 13th
Ransimala Weerasooruya 15th
Lambhotharan Yoganathan 32nd
Sasika Jayasuriya 41st
Hayati Rassool 41st

2013

Hasindu Arumapperuma 12th
Vinu Wijesekera 13th
Diyath Visidagamage 25th
Nusrath Sariffo’deen 37nd
Migara Jayasinghe 44th
Sasika Jayasuriya 45th
Janidu Karunaratne 60th
Hayati Rassool 61st
Mukkesh Selvaraj 62nd
Thavalakshman Yoganathan 64th

Sri Lankan award winners at WYSC

2008 Samitha Amarasinghe   8th Place

2010

Migara Jayasinghe

LIS - Wattala

Best Player – Under 12

 

2011

Yeshan Jayasuriya

Nimalan Premkumar

St. Thomas College

Royal College

4th Place

5th Place

 

2012

Yeshan Jayasuriya

Yasiru Fernando

Migara Jayasinghe

St. Thomas College

Royal College

LIS - Wattala

5th Place

6th Place

Best Player – Under 14

 

2013

Janidu Karunaratne

LIS - Wattala

High Game

2014

Gayanth Chandrasena

Viggnah Selvaraj

D.S Senanayake College

Stafford International

6th, High Word, Best Novice

10th

2015

Janul De Silva

Thirandi De Silva

Lambotharan Yoganathan 

Royal College

Ladies College

LIS Wattala

4th, Best Player Under 16

6th

8th

2016

Thalakshman Yoganathan

Aabid Ismail

Qays Sangani

Hansi Weerasooriya

LIS Wattala

Royal College

Royal College

Muesues College

2nd

3rd, Best Player Under 16, High Word

8th

High Game

2017

Aabid Ismail

Janul De Silva

Vignesh Pirapaharan

Adheesha Dissanayake

Royal College

Royal College

LIS Panadura

Willesden International School

 

World Youth Scrabble Champion

2nd, Best Player Under 16

8th

Best player Under 10