Former sports administrator and national athletics coach Dervin Perera passed away at a private hospital in Colombo on Monday.
He was 67. Dervin, who trained some of country’s leading athletes including Susanthika Jayasinghe and Sriyani Kulawansa during different stages of their careers was a well known athlete during the 1970s and later became a sports administrator.
Hailing from Chilaw, Dervin was part of the St. Mary’s Under-19 team which won the Public Schools Championship in late 60s.
In 1975, he was part of the bronze winning 4×400 metres relay team at the Asian Championship in Seoul. Others in the team were W. Wimaladasa, A. Premachandra and Bandula Jayasinghe.
Dervin joined the Sports Ministry as a Sports Officer in 1972 and qualified as a coach after completing courses in Russia (1980) and Germany (1982).
In 1987 he became a lecturer at the National Institute of Sports Sciences.
Dervin coached Sriyani Kulawansa to win medals at several international events including the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asian Championships.
In 1996 he became the Assistant Director of Sports. In 2002 he was made the Deputy Director of Sports.