TWO-TIME BMX world champion Ross Cullen is hoping his positive approach pays off when he prepares for the European Championships next month.

Despite missing out on a third World Championship title in Colombia earlier this summer, where he finished second in the under-15 event, the 2012 and 2015 champion has refused to lie down and continues to perfect his skills in order to bounce back at the first opportunity.

And the European Championships in Verona on the weekend of July 8-10 is where the Preston Pirates youngster will get to show he is the still one of the ones to beat, while he hopes to clinch a seventh British Championship title later in the season.

“A big thing in my sport is consistency as you can mess up by half a second and that will be the race gone for you,” said Chorley's Cullen.

“I am going to keep practising hard, perfecting my technique through jumps and keep practising the basics because that’s what makes you a good rider; keep practicing and try to progress as much as I can. It’s what I need to do after finishing second in Colombia.

“Obviously, the European Championships is a one-day race and I am just going to try to stay calm, stay relaxed and make it to the final, give it my all and try to win the European Championship title.

“I came second in the world so I am extremely happy with my overall level, and staying on the podium.

“Now, we are looking forward to progressing through the season and winning some more medals.”

Cullen is one of 100 athletes on the 2016 SSE Next Generation programme, a scheme that identifies potential Olympic and Paralympic medallists of the future, providing them with financial help and mentoring from elite athletes like Olympic medal-winning diver Leon Taylor.

On Tuesday he attended a workshop at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, where he received support on a number of issues, including media training and nutritional advice.

Scotland rugby record points and caps holder Chris Paterson was also in attendance to help mentor the athletes and Cullen admitted it had been a particularly useful experience.

He said: “I had chats with Chris and he focused on goals and what you can be scared of in a sporting career and he talked through that, who we should contact and what we should do if it ever happens in the future.

“We started the day with a nutrition programme, and every year stuff comes up which you take home.

“You get these recipe cards, which really motivates you to work on your diet and exercise.

“The SSE Next Generation programme has helped me massively, especially in the last year. It has helped me financially and professionally, showing me how to live and train like a professional athlete.”

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