Macarthur teen BMX riders chase glory in Belgium

Rory Southwell and Jess McCormack are headed to Belgium to compete in the BMX World Championships. Picture: Natasha Southwell
Rory Southwell and Jess McCormack are headed to Belgium to compete in the BMX World Championships. Picture: Natasha Southwell

Two of Macarthur's most talented young riders are headed overseas to battle for BMX glory.

Harrington Park's Rory Southwell and Narellan Vale's Jess McCormack will compete in the 2019 UCI BMX World Championhips in Belgium this month after stellar performances in qualifying events.

The journey to the world titles has been particularly impressive for Rory, 15, who was in an horrific crash in 2017.

The youngster was confined to a wheelchair for months while he recovered, and has now worked his way up to the big leagues again.

"I'm both nervous and exciting for the world championships," Rory said.

"I don't think you can go into a world championships without being a little nervous."

The St Benedict's Catholic College student will compete in two divisions, one of which he qualified for with a wildcard position.

Rory said he loved the feeling of adrenaline when racing.

"And it's not just BMX, it's anytime I'm on a bike," he said.

"I just love racing."

Rory finished in the eighth finals last time he competed in a world championships.

His goal this time around is to make it into the finals.

Nineteen-year-old Jess McCormack said she was pumped to head to the world championships.

"To be heading to Belgium to represent my country, my club, my family, my sponsors and myself is really exciting," she said.

"The atmosphere at a world championships is such a cool thing and I'm proud to be a part of it all again.

"Any day you get to put on an Australian jersey is bound to be a good day."

McCormack is currently ranked third in Australia for BMX and this month's event will be her third world championship.

She's raced for 12 years and loves the atmosphere of BMX competitions.

"The best thing about the sport is the people that are a part of it and the places it takes you," she said.

"This year alone I will travel across six states of Australia to race.

"The friendships I've created through BMX are those that will last a lifetime and I'm forever grateful for that."

Both racers extended a massive thanks to their club, Macarthur BMX, and sponsor, Krank-It Bike Gear, for all their support.