Ross aiming to be boss of the world

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Preston Pirates BMX racer Ross Cullen insists he has his sights set on world domination having already shown his domestic rivals how it is done this year.

Cullen burst on to the scene in 2012 when, aged 11, he was crowned champion in his age group at the BMX World Championships at Birmingham’s Indoor 

Ross Cullen won the opening two rounds of the British BMX Series

Ross Cullen won the opening two rounds of the British BMX Series

And now aged 14 the St Michael’s Church of England High School pupil shows no signs of slowing down, winning the opening two rounds of the British BMX Series last month.

This season is set to be a busy one for Cullen with the British, European and World Championships all still to come.

But Cullen insists the more the merrier as he bids to leave his mark on his rivals in 

“The nationals, the European championships and the World Championships 
are coming up this year,” he said.

“I’m hoping to win the British and National Championships and get a position in the European and World rankings.

“I’m also on the Olympic development apprenticeship,” he added.

“The target is really to keep going and keep winning titles and then just see where I go from there.

“People from the club told me I had ability and should do more races.

“They started off small, but with experience I improved steadily, and it culminated in me winning a gold medal in Birmingham at the World Championships.

“The experience of winning it in my home country was surreal.

“It took a few days to sink in but I’m really proud of what I achieved.

“This year unfortunately I crashed in the final, on the first jump I ended up clipping another rider.

“It was no one’s fault – it was just a mistake which can happen.

“I was disappointed but I’m currently number eight in the junior rankings so I feel like I’m moving in a positive direction.”

Cullen’s feats have not gone unnoticed and he was chosen as one of 100 young athletes to be part of the SSE Next Generation programme.

The programme supports 100 young athletes across the United Kingdom and Ireland who have been identified as potential Commonwealth Games and Olympic medallists of the future.

Along with financial funding, the SSE scheme provides workshops and events with sporting legends such as Sir Chris Hoy, Darren Campbell and Judy Murray – and Cullen insists every little helps.

“The SSE programme will personally help me because a lot of the training is in Manchester so the travelling side of things,” he added.

“It will also help me to develop into a better athlete.

“It’s sometimes that extra push you need to come to things like this and take a break from training.

“It’s nice to get away from it for while and it just gets you motivated and speak to people like Chris Hoy who get you motivated to get back into what you’re doing.”

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