Sep 7, 3 months ago

Lakruwan Wijesiri – First Sri Lankan Triathlete at the Asian Games

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Foundation of Goodness’ Triathlete Lakruwan Wijesiri has become the first ever Sri Lankan triathlete to participate in the Asian Games. Lakruwan joined the Sri Lankan delegation who travelled to Indonesia for the 18th Asian Games which took place from the 18th of August to 2nd of September.

Lakruwan’s event was scheduled for the 1st of September where he was able to place 24th in the Elite Men’s category with a timing of 02:11:28 with the overall winner Jumpei Furuya from Japan obtaining a timing of 1:49:43
Lakruwan has been competing in triathlons locally since 2011 winning the Loving Trinco Triathlon in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Carlton Super Cross in 2013 and 2014. He started his international career as a professional triathlete in 2013 by participating in the Cold Storage Triathlon in Singapore and also participated in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Indonesia in 2015, obtaining 4th place at both events. At this time, Lakruwan had no formal training as a triathlete and had only ever practiced at the FoG Bryan Adams Foundation Swimming Pool Complex while running and cycling down village roads.

Lakruwan Wijesiri – First Sri Lankan Triathlete at the Asian Games

Following his performance at the Singaporean triathlon the Foundation of Goodness were able to connect Lakruwan with sponsor Mr. Mohan Chandramohan form USA who supported his training at MetaSport- Singapore. He was also given the backing, training and development by the Sri Lankan Navy to raise the bar in reaching this milestone.
Lakruwan is currently a Swimming Coach at the Foundation of Goodness Sports Academy and hopes to expand his triathlon dreams to one day represent Sri Lanka at the Olympic Games.

The Foundation of Goodness was established in 1999 and has worked extensively following the 2004 tsunami that devastated the lives of thousands of Sri Lankans to develop a one of a kind holistic rural community development model which today delivers a wide range of programmes to over 15,000 beneficiaries every month from 300+ villagers in the South, North and East of Sri Lanka, free of charge, via our 30 empowerment activity sectors delivered through MCC Centre of Excellence and Sports Academy in Seenigama and 10 Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres. The Sports Academy delivers free of charge sporting activities in numerous avenues catering to 500 participants from 92 villages in the Seenigama Region.

Lakruwan’s achievements, specially being the only triathlete ever to represent Sri Lanka at a major international event like the Asian Games, proves the existence of a wealth of talent and skills identifiable in the rural villages of our country and how many more talented athletes we can find if they are guided in the right direction to keep our nation’s flag flying high.

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