Countdown begins for BMX world titles

18 July 2019

Anthony Dean in flight

PREPARATIONS are just about done and it's down to business for inspiring Australian and SASI athlete Anthony Dean as he sets his sights on the UCI BMX world championships in Zolder, Belgium, between July 23 and 27.

Dean, 28, left his base in San Diego, US, to head to Belgium with plenty of hope and confident he had done the hard years to test the best.

Dean is one of 12 athletes in the Australian team with competition at the world titles including elite men and women and under-19 men and women. Matt Tidswell is the other South Australian in the under-19 men's category.

Dean, who finished eighth at the 2016 Olympics and semi finals and a fourth in past world championships, said a week out from the titles he was set to go.

"Everything is good from my end, we are ready to go and on target,'' Dean said.

"Training has been going amazing and hitting all my PB records by a mile, so we are anxious and excited for next weekend's chance to prove I'm the world's best!''

After the world championships Dean will return to Adelaide in August for a short break before heading back to the US for the final four world cups of 2019.

Australia's senior elite team will be headlined by siblings Saya Sakakibira and Kai Sakakibira and Olympians Lauren Reynolds and Dean. Tidswell is one of four Australian athletes in the under-19 men team, while Des'ree Barnes (Queensland) is the only member of the under-19 women's category. South Australia also is sending eight other athletes to compete in non-elite categories. They are Zak Verpoorten, 5-6 Boys; Matthew Gill - 7 Boys; Riley Lawrence - 9 Boys; Tara Fitzpatrick - 12 Girls; Joel Marsh - 15 Boys (national plate holder); Ayden Fitzpatrick - 16 Boys; Marcus Wigg - 16 Boys and James Smith - 25-29 Men (national champion).

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