did Burnham-On-Sea proud!' MP and Mayor praise Liam Phillips
MP and Mayor have said BMX racer Liam Phillips 'did the town proud'
when he reached the final of the London 2012 Olympics.
23, raced in the final on Friday following superb performances
in last Thursday and Friday's qualification rounds, but sadly
crashed out in the crucial final race, ending his hopes of winning
a medal, as we covered here.
MP Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I think Liam did
brilliantly to reach the BMX final - he did Burnham and Somerset
hope he gets all the help and support he needs to reach Rio in
four years time and I wish him every success in the future."
Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout added: "Liam has made
Burnham proud. To have represented his country on a world stage
and to have finished in the top eight of his sport is a great
involvement with the Olympics and his connections with Burnham
have been great for the town and the community is proud of what
he has done."
Burnham County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"After his injury earlier in the year it was an astonishing
achievement to reach the BMX final and we are all very proud of
him. We wish him well for the future."
Brazil, a friend of Liam's and a Burnham BMX Club member speaking
on behalf of the club, added: "Liam was exceptional last
week - it was a huge step up for him to reach the final after
getting to the quarter finals at the Beijing Olympics. We were
all gutted when he unclipped in the final and crashed, but everyone
hopes that he will bounce back and do really well in Rio in four
was raised in Burnham-On-Sea and went to Highbridge's King Alfred
School. Both his parents were involved in BMX and Liam's father
is a former national coach who helped to set up the Burnham BMX
Club. Liam still rides for the Burnham club and visits the club
and his family in Burnham frequently.