Nine-year-old Sri Lankan Shaunika Suriya (aka Kurukulasuriya) is a young track & field athlete who studies at École Jules Quesnel in Vancouver. She was a former student of Millwood Junior School in Toronto.
Representing Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club, she completed the 2011 track and field season at the British Columbia (BC) Junior Development Championship in Kamloops, July 22-24th. Her two best performances at the Meet were the 9 Year (2002) Girls Gold medal in Long Jump with 3.31m and Shot Put Bronze medal with 4.70m. She narrowly missed the Bronze medals in 60m Hurdles and High Jump.
During the season, she competed in 60m Dash, 100m Dash, 600m Run, 1000m Run, 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and Pentathlon. However, at the beginning of the season, she tried out only three events — 60m Dash, Long Jump and Shot Put. She says that after watchin Susanthika Jayasinghe (an Olympic Silver medalist from Sri Lanka), she wanted to try out Hurdles and other events.
In order to qualify for a province of BC Athletics Crest, an athlete must attain Crest standards in each of at least three different events. Although Shaunika is a newcomer to track and field, during the season she earned more that what is required for a BC Athletics Gold Crest. She earned 6 Gold and 3 Bronze standards.
It seems to be that Shaunika has made to 2011 BC top ten 9 Year (2002) Girls track and field list in highest number of events. No other BC 9 Year (2002) Girl was able to achieve this performance in 2011.