Killer Whale Aquatics is a premier competitive swim team located in Colombo, Sri Lanka, affiliated with the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU), the national federation.
The team is governed by the Head Coach who is aided by a General Committee headed by its President. The concept and philosophy behind the creation of KWA evolved over a period of 15 years, through the experiences of Head Coach Manoj Abeysinghe while coaching in the USA. KWA is a unique concept in Sri Lanka. It is the first non-profit, volunteer parent-managed swim team in the country.
The club was formed on 4th August 2010 and received affiliation with SLASU on the 11th of August 2010.
The founding members of the club are:
- Mr Manoj Abeysinghe (Founding Head Coach/CEO)
- SSP J A K Mark (President)
- Wing Commander Jaliya Jayasekera (Vice President)
- Mr R K Pathmasiri (Vice President)
- Mr Hema Ruhunuhewa (Honorary General Secretary)
- Mrs Shereen Mark (Honorary Treasurer)
The club consists of multiple training groups according to ability and age. These groups practice at several pools centrally located in the heart of Colombo. The main office and pool of KWA is at the CR&FC Sports Complex in Colombo.
The team is headed by Head Coach Manoj Abeysinghe (ASCA Level 4) who has had over 15 years experience as a professional swim coach in the USA. He is assisted by assistant coaches educated according to the ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) curriculum. He is committed to excellence in swimming with a balanced approach between studies and sport.
Killer Whale Aquatics (KWA) is a unique concept in Sri Lanka. It is the first non-profit volunteer parent-managed swim team in the country. KWA is founded on the principle that the Club offers an opportunity for young people to learn the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. Killer Whale Aquatics teaches swimming in a unique way that provides physical, emotional and intellectual skills that will last a lifetime. It is also believed that the values learnt at KWA go far beyond the pool because the swimmer will learn self-discipline, develop time-management skills and good sportsmanship. Every swimmer can gain from his or her experience, whether or not he or she ever wins a single race.
As a newcomer in the Sri Lanka swimming area, Killer Whales have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with and taken major honours within a very short period of time. Some of their accomplishment include:
- Won the Women’s National Championships at the 2011 Sri Lanka National Championships
- Have established more than 20 new national records, some that have stood over 20 years
- Have established numerous Sri Lanka National Age Group and School records
- Have placed at least one swimmer in the Sri Lanka teams (a few times the entire Sri Lankan team) that have taken part in EVERY international competition since the club was formed in August 2010.
- One swimmer at the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi, India
- Both swimmers at the 10th FINA World Championships 2010, Doha, Qatar
- Two swimmers at the 14th FINA World Championships 2011 in Shanghai, China
- One swimmer at the IV Commonwealth Youth games 2011 in Isle of Man
- Six swimmers at the 7th Asian Age Group Championships 2011 in Indonesia
- Both swimmers at the 1st South Asian Beach Games 2011, Indonesia