Rowing, a sport which has been gaining popularity in the past few years in Sri Lanka was given a publicity boost by the Diyawanna Sprints Regatta 2012. This inaugural regatta was organised by Ananda College and was held on the 28th of April 2012 at the Diyawanna Lake. Diyawanna Lake which is in the capital of the country and surrounding the Sri Lanka parliament also has the Sri Jayawardenepura Highway running the length of its shore. As the course was laid out almost parallel to the highway bordering the lake, it gave the spectators a clear view of the entire course. The newly paved sidewalk and foot path and the benches with the shady trees made this a mass spectator event. This regatta is not only the first regatta to be held at the Diyawanna Lake it also broke grounds as the first eight lane regatta to be conducted in Sri Lanka. This regatta also included Sri Lanka’s first ever K1 sprint kayak races. The regatta commenced at around 8.00 a.m. and went on the whole day having the awards ceremony taking place only at about 7.30 p.m. as the participation was great. In the Women’s Under 16 category Samaakhya Gajanayake of the Colombo Rowing Club was placed first in the scull event while the double scull event was won by Janethri Marapana and Pahan Vidyalankara of Museus College. However, the overall trophy of the Women’s Under 16 category went to Ladies College with 6 points as they won the second and third places in both the above events. Ladies College also won the overall trophy in the Women’s Under 19 category by winning all the gold medals, as Ashani Welikala was placed first in the scull event while Haiqa Mohomed and Anoushka Tissera won the double scull event. Ladies College also won the fours in this category and the crew consisted of Ashani Welikala, Dharini Samarasinghe, Isabella Sansoni, Thiranya Fernando and Marihah Indroos. The women’s open overall trophy was won by the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club, as Swarnamali Wijesinghe won the scull and Sachithra Jayathilaka and Swarnamali Wijesinghe also won the double scull. However, Shiyanka De Zylva, Amani Tissera, Anisha Gunesekara, Anishka Gomesz and Shiloh Sumanthiran of Ladies College won the fours. The Women’s open relay which consisted of a scull, double scull and four was won by Ladies College. The winning crew was Sanchia Supramanium in the scull, Haiqa Mohomed and Anoushka Tissera in the double scull and Shiyanka De Zylva, Amani Tissera, Anisha Gunesekara, Anishka Gomesz and Shiloh Sumanthiran in the four.