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YEAR AWARDED

2022

MENTOR

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DATE OF BIRTH

7/08/2002

Thilini ‘Imandi’ Seneviratne was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program. This is the first time this Scholarship has been awarded to a Karate Athlete.

Imandi was born in Sri Lanka and spent two idyllic years in Fiji as an expat child before migrating to Australia in 2009 at the age of 7. She remains fluent in her native language of Sinhala.

Imandi started practicing in the art of Karate at the China Club in Fiji in 2007 when she was 5 years old and continued her passion for Karate in Australia. She was accepted into the Victorian State Team in 2010 and soon became a Kata Specialist. In 2012 she was chosen to represent Australia as a 10-year-old at the Oceania Karate Championships. She is now ranked Nidan, 2nd Dan Black Belt.

In her respective age groups, she is a five-time Australian National Champion, seven-time Australian Open Champion and seven-time Victorian State Champion.

At her first Oceania Karate Championships in 2012, Imandi took home bronze and has stood on the podium at the same event on a further three occasions; in 2014 she won silver, in 2016 it was bronze and 2018 she claimed the gold medal.

She made her international debut in 2013, at the WKF Youth World Cup, held in Greece and represented her country with distinction, taking home the Youth World Cup (first place trophy).

In 2014, Imandi was honoured to receive the prestigious Victorian School Sports Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievement for her performances in 2013.

In 2015, Imandi was crowned champion at the Commonwealth Karate Championships in India and shortly after competed in the 2016 WKF Youth Cup in Croatia where she again finished on the podium, claiming the silver medal.

Imandi represented Australia at the prestigious WKF Cadet, Junior & Under 21 World Karate Championships – considered the pinnacles of her sport – on two consecutive occasions; in Spain in 2017 where she participated in the Cadet category and in Chile in 2019 where she placed 15th in the Junior category.

Imandi’s chosen sport, Karate, is a discipline which can be continued and practiced well beyond a person’s physical peak, however, once she has finished competing, Imandi will set her sights on becoming a clinical neuropsychologist so she can assist patients with overcoming or coping better with various issues and she hopes to be able to improve the quality of their lives. Imandi has a passion for coaching, and she hope this will allow her to pass on knowledge to athletes and teach them discipline and a way of life; she believes that sport helps athletes become stronger mentally and physically and in turn become confident young adults.

“Being a Scholarship recipient of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame is a great honour which recognises the hard work behind achieving great heights in Australian Karate. I feel privileged to be a part of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame community. With their support and encouragement, I will be able to realise my sporting goals. Receiving this Scholarship during a period of world-wide chaos due to the pandemic, where morale is at an all-time low, has helped boost my spirits, motivation and confidence, for which I am truly grateful. – Imandi Seneviratne on being selected as a Tier 2 Scholarship Holder

“I don’t count the sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count. That’s what makes you a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

Achievements

Junior Age Groups (U21, Junior, Cadets, Children) – International

  • 2020 – 2021: AKF did not participate in international competitions due to COVID19
  • 2019: WKF Cadet, Junior & Under 21 World Karate Championships, Chile – 15th
  • 2018: Oceania Karate Championships, New Zealand – Champion
  • 2017: WKF Cadet, Junior & Under 21 World Karate Championships, Spain – Participation
  • 2016: Oceania Karate Championships, New Caledonia – Bronze
  • 2016: WFK Youth Cup, Croatia – Silver
  • 2015: Commonwealth Karate Championships, India – Champion
  • 2014: Oceania Karate Championships, Fiji – Silver
  • 2013: WKF Youth World Cup, Greece – Champion
  • 2012: Oceania Karate Championships, Australia – Bronze

Junior Age Groups (U21, Junior, Cadets, Children) – Domestic: AKF and State of Victoria

  • 2020 – 2021: Australian National Karate Championships – COVID19 cancelled
  • 2010 – 2019: Australian National Karate Championships medals– Gold (2019-2017, 2015, 2013), Silver (2016, 2014, 2012), Bronze (2011-2010)
  • 2021: Australian Open Karate Championships medal – Silver
  • 2020: Australian Open Karate Championships – COVID19 cancelled
  • 2010 – 2019: Australian Open Karate Championships medals – Gold (2019-2017, 2014-2012, 2010), Silver (2016-2015, 2011)
  • 2010 – 2021: Victorian State Karate Championships medals – Gold (2020-2017, 2013-2011), Silver (2021, 2016), Bronze (2015, 2010)
  • 2019: Karate Victoria Top Gun Award for Junior Kata
  • 2014: Victorian School Sports Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievements in 2013
  • 2013: Karate Victoria High Distinction Award
  • 2012: Karate Victoria High Distinction Award and Most Spirited Award for Kata

Senior – Domestic: AKF and State of Victoria

  • 2020 – 2021: Australian National Karate Championships – COVID19 cancelled
  • 2019: Australian National Karate Championships – 7th
  • 2021: Australian Open Karate Championships – Bronze medal
  • 2020: Australian Open Karate Championships – COVID19 cancelled
  • 2019: Australian Open Karate Championships – 7th
  • 2019 – 2021: Victorian State Karate Championships – 5th (2021-2020), Bronze medal (2019)

Image: Mercury Megaloudis/Megagraphics

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