Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Burnham-on-Sea BMX star Liam Phillips retires

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 November 2017

Liam Phillips.

Liam Phillips.

Team GB

Burnham-on-Sea born BMX star Liam Phillips has announced his retirement from the sport through injury.

Liam is Great Britain’s most successful ever BMX rider, having competed in three Olympic Games and won the 2013 World Championships.

The 28-year-old also won 10 gold medals at the BMX Supercross World Cup.

However, after sustaining hand and wrist injuries following a crash in February, Liam has been forced to end his racing career after three unsuccessful surgery attempts.

In a statement on his website, Liam said: “I can honestly say that I achieved more throughout my career than I ever thought possible.

“Becoming world champion and wearing the rainbow jersey was the proudest 12 months of my career.”

He began cycling at the age of five years, as both of his parents were involved in BMX, with his father being a former national coach who helped found the Burnham BMX Club, in Marine Drive.

After gaining valuable experience at the Beijing 2008 Olympic games, Liam’s preparations were hit in the run up to both London’s 2012 tournament and Rio in 2016 by a broken collarbone.

But the former King Alfred School student showed resilience to compete at both games, crashing out at the quarter-final stages at the latter.

He said: “Although I didn’t quite achieve what I set out to at the Olympics.

“British Cycling never lost faith in me and allowed me to compete at those two events specifically.”

Liam wants to remain in the sport and help coach the next generation of BMXers of Great Britain.

He said: “I still have a huge appetite for BMX – I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience over the years and I will be looking to share that moving forward.

“I would like to help athletes who have talent but need some guidance to help plan, prepare and shape their programmes.

“If I’m no longer able to compete myself, it feels right for me to assist others in their quest to achieve their goals.”

Liam also revealed that he plans to go into business, and has already opened his first coffee shop, Common Ground, in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, where he now lives.

Other News Stories


Don’t miss our weekly round-up of photos shared with us by our readers.

Read more

A two-day frisbee golf challenge is being held at an activity centre in Churchill to raise money for mental health charities.

Read more

A replacement bus service has been found for an area of Weston where fears were raised people would be left isolated without access to public transport.

Read more
48 minutes ago

A scout group has given more than £2,000 to Weston-super-Mare RNLI.

Read more

A 50-home plan for a North Somerset village has hit a setback due to safety concerns.

Read more

Villagers are being asked to nominate people in their community who have gone above and beyond.

Read more

The man behind one of Weston-super-Mare’s most popular restaurants has opened a new eatery, offering flavours from the Mediterranean.

Read more

A McDonald’s restaurant in Worle has undergone a £750,000 refit.

Read more

A developer has promised hundreds of thousands of pounds to a North Somerset village to improve infrastructure.

Read more

Thousands of pounds have been spent by a parish council as it hopes to curb speeding on one of North Somerset’s busiest roads.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 7°C

min temp: 6°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder