Andy & Keshini of Crossfit Ceylon to represent Sri Lanka at 2019 Crossfit Games in Wisconsin
The Crossfit Games are the world’s premier test to find the fittest man and woman on earth. For the first time ever, two Sri Lankans have been invited to represent the country in the upcoming 2019 Crossfit
Games in Wisconsin, USA.
The Crossfit Games are worldrenowned as a gruelling test for the toughest athletes on Earth. The Games were created to fill a void when no other true test of fitness existed. Since its inception in 2007, the
Crossfit Games have become one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
The road to the Crossfit Games
Athletes qualify for the Games through the worldwide ‘Open’ at which Sri Lanka’s own Andy
Andrews and Keshini Vitharana were crowned National Champions for Sri Lanka, earning them invitations to the Crossfit Games.
The ‘Open’ is a five-week, fiveworkout competition. Workouts are released online each Thursday, and athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores. Anyone who’s at least 14 years old can sign up and join in the first stage of the
Crossfit Games season. The top man and woman from each country (based on country of citizenship) are crowned a National Champion and earn a spot at the Games.
Andy, co-founder and Head Coach at Crossfit Ceylon, began his athletic career as a Golfer. He began to accumulate titles at a young age starting with being crowned the Sri Lankan Junior
National Champion in 2001 and 2003. His early success was not limited to Sri Lanka, he was also crowned the 2003 Emirates
Junior Champion and he was invited to join the U.A.E Junior Team from 2003 to 2005.
Andy’s early success in golf earned him an invitation to attend the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from 2005 – 2008. IMG has been the training grounds for multiple World Class professional athletes representing all the major sporting leagues such as the National Football League (NFL), Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Some of IMG’S most famous students include Serena and Venus Williams, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Freddy Adu and Ben An. Keshini, who was previously a Bronze medal winner at the Rowing Nationals in 2011, was introduced to Crossfit in early 2015 during a class Andy was coaching and they have been training partners since. After just a year of Crossfit and under Andy’s tutelage, Keshini won the Gold medals both at Colombo District Weightlifting Championships and the Western Province Weightlifting Championship in 2016. Keshini, a management
trainee at MAS Kreeda, happened to achieve the highest grades in the world for Business Studies in the London A levels while coaching part time at Crossfit Ceylon.
All Crossfit workouts are based on functional movements that reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning (cardio). By the numbers, Crossfit is possibly the biggest fitness trend in the world.
The Crossfit Games are world-renowned as a gruelling test for the toughest athletes
National Champions Keshini Vitharana (L) and Andy Andrews will be the first to represent Sri Lanka at the Crossfit Games in Wisconsin