Mayor praises Liam Phillips as he retires from BMX
Mayor has this week praised the achievements of the town's former
BMX world champion Liam Phillips, who has announced his retirement
from the sport after failing to recover from "career ending"
28-year-old cyclist - who is a former pupil of Berrow School and
Highbridge's King Alfred School - injured his hand and wrist in
a crash in February.
started cycling in 1994 when he was just five-years-old and spent
his younger years training at Burnham's BMX Club at Apex Park, which
was run by his parents.
became world champion in 2013, was a three-time Olympian, crashing
out in London and Rio, and won 10 gold medals at the BMX Supercross
Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "What Liam
has achieved in this very difficult sport is incredible."
a a great man for local youngsters in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
to look up."
has done so much in the sport and helped to put Burnham and Highbridge
on the BMX map as well. We wish him all the best for the future."
said this week: "I can honestly say that I achieved more throughout
my career than I ever thought possible."
broke his collarbone 12 weeks before London 2012 and then again
eight weeks before Rio 2016.
said: "Becoming world champion and wearing the rainbow jersey
was the proudest 12 months of my career. Winning a home World Cup
four years on the bounce and striving to be the best in the world
on a daily basis are memories that I'll always cherish."
added that he wanted to continue working in the sport, saying: "I
would like to help athletes who have talent but need some guidance
to help plan, prepare and shape their programmes."
I'm no longer able to compete myself, it feels right for me to assist
others in their quest to achieve their goals."
in 2012, at the BMX World Championships Liam won silver, but in
the first race of the supercross he crashed and broke his collarbone
just ten weeks before the London Olympic Games.
recovery followed and he lined up in the final of the men's BMX
competition but halfway round the course his foot unclipped from
his pedal and he crashed out of the race.
the injury, Liam believes he wasn't ready to win gold at London
in any case. "There were too many things that I hadn't achieved
in BMX in order to win Olympic gold in London," he said. "I
hadn't won a world cup, I hadn't been world champion, I hadn't won
big races that would allow me to be a complete package.
everything was said and done when I lined up on that start gate
in London I don't think I was ready to win the Olympics."
the 2013 BMX world championships, Liam won all of his races on his
way to the rainbow jersey in Auckland, New Zealand.
won back-back time-trial and supercross doubles at the 2013 and
2014 Manchester UCI BMX Supercross World Cups.
undercut by Frenchman Damien Godet saw Philips wiped out in the
1/8 finals as he attempted to defend his world title in 2014. He
finished the season on a high though, as he was crowned UCI BMX
Supercross World Cup champion, the first British male to win the
2015, wins in Manchester, Angelholm and Santiago del Estero saw
Phillips make history as he became the first man to win back-to-back
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup titles.
2016, Liam won the Manchester round of the UCI BMX Supercross world
cup for the fourth consecutive year.
the Rio Olympics, Liam got off to a great start after taking the
lead in the first race of the quarter final, but then he collided
with Latvias Maris Strombergs, the two-time defending champion,
and Switzerlands David Graf, just after the first bend of
the track. It put an end to his Olympic dream, pictured below.