The earliest recorded sports meet of Richmond is of August 1888, and probably there was one most years thereafter. For many years there was an annual Sports Meet in connection with the Old Boys’ Day celebrations. In the early years of the 20th century the chief interest was in the Empire Day Sports in which all four Boys’ High Schools in Galle competed. There was keen competition and Richmond held her own pretty well, winning the championship four times in the years 1910—1914. The 1926 Souvenir carries a photograph of the 1913 team.
In 1915 the Empire Day Sports were discontinued and the chief Athletic contests were run by the Cadet Battalion at the time of the Drill Contest, on which Richmond concentrated with success, but from about 1925 Rev. Sneath set about organising the Athletics, through improving the Inter-House contests, in which for the first time strict records were kept.
In 1931 the Ceylon Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) took a hand in schools athletics, and Group Meets were organised to enable an annual Public Schools’ Meet held in Colombo. Group Meets were held in 1931, 1934 and 1935 and in the first two of these Richmond won the championship of the South. In 1934 the Champion Athlete’s Cup was won by Richmond. In 1937 Richmond again won the Senior Championship, Gunasoma Nanayakkara, who later turned out to be such a successful coach, winning the championship cup for the individual athlete with the highest number of points. In 1939 Richmond won the Pole vault event at the All Ceylon AA Meet and Ceylon represented was represented by a Richmondite in this event at the first India vs Ceylon Athletic meet. During the years 1939—1950 Richmond gained the following successes at the Public Schools Meet and at the Group Meets in Galle.
We have been making an effort to find more details about Athletes of Richmond for a while speaking to those who participated in this popular sports. We remember people like John H. Dhanapala, P. H. D. Waidyatilake, Hon. Chamal Rajapakse, Sarath and Jagath Balapatabendi, K. Wijesooriya and his brothers, Greogory Gilbert Silva &c., some of whom brought credit internationally to Richmond. There are several athletes of yore who has come forward to give us some memorabilia from their days and we have added a new page to publish information about them. This information is incomplete but we are excited at being able to feature them. As and when we receive more information and pictures we will upload them.