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Urban Sports Star & Pro Freestyle BMX Rider to Open Summer School Games

Keelan Phillips
Keelan Phillips

[F]rom the Channel 4 big hit ‘Concrete Circus’ one of the hottest names in urban sports Keelan Phillips Pro Freestyle BMX Rider will be opening the Cumbria School Games this summer in Carlisle on 12th July by providing an inspiring demonstration.

Keelan started riding his BMX in primary school when he was given a ‘hand me down’ bike from his brother and went to the local track training with his brother and then moved onto flatland and went training with his cousin. BMX flatland is a unique and stylish form of BMX riding, where riders perform either difficult rolling positions or fast spinning techniques to wow any crowd.

He won his first competition in 2003 and went on and won his first UK pro contest. In 2006, he reached the pinnacle of the sport by winning his first international pro event in France taking first in the semis and again in the final.

From there, Keelan has gone from strength to strength taking victory in a multitude of international and national competitions from Hungary to USA, and placing highly in just about any and every competition he enters.

But for Keelan, it’s about more than just winning competitions. He has invented over 10 moves!  He’s also busting out the old ones with huge style and grunt. One of his signature moves is the ‘no-handed nose wheelie’. ‘It’s nothing like what’s been done before’, and adding, ‘and then I did it with one foot too.’

Cumbria School Games at Level 3 are organised by Active Cumbria the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, which is one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England, and is part of Cumbria County Council’s Health & Wellbeing Service, the games are delivered in partnership with School Games Organisers, schools, clubs, NGBs and other local partners.

The School Games is an exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in Cumbria. Every school in Cumbria has been given the opportunity to get involved, potentially giving every school child the chance to take part.

They are designed to motivate, enthusing and inspiring young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

Keelan said: “I’m looking forward to performing at the Cumbria School Games on July 12th, hopefully I can entertain everyone, but also show my sporting skill which i have worked on for many years. The games are a great idea, it pushes sport which is something I truly believe in, it’s basically a way of making exercising fun. We all need to keep fit and healthy, but why not do it in a way that you genuinely enjoy. Find a sport that you have a passion for and really push yourself to be the best you can possibly be at it!”

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