Three riders from Lake Macquarie BMX Club will join Olympians Anthony Dean and Lauren Reynolds, as well as rising superstar Saya Sakakibara and her older brother Kai, in a 120-strong Australian team for the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium this month.

Leading the way for Lake Macquarie is 15-year old Joel Bennett, who will race in the 15 years boy’s 20inch and the 15-16yrs boy’s cruiser category.

Helping to fly the flag with Bennett is Nate Cox, who will race in the 13yrs boy’s 20inch category, and Luke Patroni, who will race in the 7yrs boy’s 20inch category.

Australia’s national team manager and 2008 Olympian Luke Madill said it is a wonderful achievement for Lake Macquarie to be sending three riders to BMX’s global showpiece.

“As a club, Lake Macquarie are doing a great job of preparing their riders and credit must go to everyone who has contributed to getting these riders over to Belgium in top shape,” Madill said.

At last year’s world championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Australian team came home with six gold, four silver and four bronze medals.