The Sports Ministry has no future plans. That is why that our sports are going down the drain day by day. The Sports Ministry, the National Olympic committee, and National sports bodies should take the blame for this – Julian Boiling (Sunday Times).
Sri Lankan medal winning swimmer Julian Bolling was not afraid to speak up against a malfunctioning sports ministry ahead of the South Asian Games back in February this year. He was quite strong with his words but stronger when he competed at the international level for Sri Lanka in swimming.
Julian Bolling ended his career with 15 gold medals spread across four South Asian meets in 1984, 1987, 1989 and 1991. He also represented the country in three Olympic Games, Los Angeles (USA) in 1984, then at Seoul (South Korea) in 1988, and finally at Barcelona (Spain) in 1992.
Age prompted him to retire from swimming but he continued to serve as a well-reputed coach, working alongside Matthew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Raheem. He was one of the four coaches who accompanied the swimmers at the recently concluded South Asian meet.
Abeysinghe went on to shatter Bolling’s long-standing record by winning seven Gold Medals opposed to five at the SAF Games 1991.
“The Games were an endurance test for Mathew. We were expecting Mathew and Kimiko to do well. Money needs to be spent in the correct manner for the right rewards to be reaped. If you do this properly the future can be good because the talent we (Sri Lanka) have is immense,” said Julian Bolling. (The Nation).
Julian Bolling early life and career
When looking back at Julian’s early life, the first thought that comes to one’s mind is his mother, Tara Bolling. Tara was an extraordinarily talented swimmer who represented the country in the fifties and early sixties. Tara’s greatest achievement was finishing fourth for Sri Lanka at the Asian Games held in Tokyo in1958. She trained Julian and his two brothers David and Jeremy to swim with courage and determination.
Bolling made his first appearance for his school, Royal College Colombo from 1977 to 1982. Making his debut for Sri Lanka at the 1986 Asian Games, he went on to bag gold after gold in the South Asian level.
In 1989, he was appointed to lead the Sri Lankan contingent for the SAF Games in Nepal.
In 1992, Julian worked at Nestles’ Limited, Colombo but opted to support his parents who launched a local swimming academy. He soon became an excellent coach with the right knowledge and experience.
Julian was known for training many athletes who went on to do wonders in the South Asian level. In 1988, he was honored by being awarded the Deshabandu, which is the highest national award in Sri Lanka.
His records were outnumbered until Matthew Abeysinghe made his debut. Julian believed in Matthew as a coach and a mentor. He was proud and supportive at all times.
Currently, Julian has over 13,000 students who train under him. He was also the head coach of Paralympics in 2000 and 2004.
Julian, a proud and a loyal Sri Lankan often voices out against injustice with love for the sport and his country. Julian’s days are gone but he still has a part to play as a coach.
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