Seventeen year old Bevishan Wijewickrema of Trinity College brought honour to Sri Lanka by winning the silver medal in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Samoa early September.
Competing in the 77 kilograms category Wijewickrema made a snatch of 93 kg and hoisted 134 kg in the clean and jerk to make a total of 227 kg in the event that was won by a Samoan. Wijewickrema was ahead in the total lift against many lifters from countries like New Zealand, Barbados to name a few.
Wijewickrema has weightlifting in his blood and this performance comes as no surprise as he is capable of bigger achievements. His father Athula Wijewickrema was the national weightlifting champion and holder of many records and has also served as the national weightlifting coach. He is also the fitness and conditioning coach for many schools rugby teams. His uncle S.A. Wijewickrema has been a national coach and is a trainer of repute.
Bevishan Wijewickrema took to weightlifting four years ago and has several are group records to his credit in various categories. He has excelled at the junior weightlifting nationals and has won his title at the National Schools Games in 2013 and 2014 and will have a go at his own records this year.