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Team Fairfirst was once again crowned as champions at the 30th Mercantile Services Basketball League Championship – ‘A’ Division – Men’s 2022. The tournament held at the Royal College Indoor Stadium was attended by four renowned basketball teams in Sri Lanka’s corporate sector; Commercial Credit, Dialog Axiata, SriLankan Air Lines and Fairfirst Insurance.
Recommencing after a holdback of two years due to the pandemic, spectators were thrilled to view the players making the best of their efforts on the court. Fairfirst’s win was a significant achievement gained through hard work and the constant support of the company. Led by Shehan Udayanga, the National level basketball star, Team Fairfirst beat Commercial Credit at the finals bringing a well-deserved trophy back home.
Team Fairfirst was not new to the win as they had previously won championships in the league and knockout competitions in 2017 and 2018. In addition, they were the Runner Up in the 28th Mercantile League in 2018.
Fairfirst’s fun-at-work culture that promotes an employee-friendly environment has helped them efficiently meet personal and corporate goals. The recent championships acquired by Fairfirst in Rugby, Cricket and Netball bear witness to this. Thus, winning has become a forte of the entity.
Shehan Udayanga, national basketball team member and captain of Team Fairfirst stated, “Kudos to my team on a well-done job. It feels amazing to reap the benefits of our efforts. Also, having the support of a company that understands the importance of a good work-life balance must be mentioned, as this win wouldn’t have been possible if not for that support from Fairfirst.”
Manager of Fairfirst’s basketball team and Chief Marketing Officer, Sasith Bambaradeniya, expressed his views highlighting the fact that Fairfirst is a company that values and promotes talents that are beneficial not just for the company, but the employees personally as well. “We are immensely proud of our team for representing Fairfirst and believing in the FairfirstWay of having fun and winning”, he said.
Fairfirst Insurance is among the top general insurance companies in Sri Lanka. Today, Fairfirst serves individuals, businesses and institutions across this beautiful island through a versatile workforce of 1400 spread across their comprehensive branch network, affinity partners and leading brokers in the market. Fairfirst is part of the global Fairfax Group, a leading property and casualty insurer and reinsurance and investment management group headquartered in Toronto.
Picture: Fairfirst Basketball Team (from left) Sandeep Gopal (CEO Fairfirst), Lakshan Kulathunga, Ishara Perera, Praneeth Udumalagala, Nichula Liyanage,
Shehan Udayanga (Captain), Nipun Lakshitha, Isuru Perera, Avishka Siriwardana, Nimesh Fernando & Asanga Perera (Head Coach)
Picture Caption: Fairfirst Basketball Team (from left) Sandeep Gopal (CEO Fairfirst), Lakshan Kulathunga, Ishara Perera, Praneeth Udumalagala, Nichula Liyanage, Shehan Udayanga (Captain), Nipun Lakshitha, Isuru Perera, Avishka Siriwardana, Nimesh Fernando & Asanga Perera (Head Coach)
Roshan Randima and Hiran Wijesuriya (not in the picture)