Anthony Dean calls time on his career
After spending 20+ years on the bike, SASI BMX racer Anthony Dean has crossed the finish line for the final time.
“The time has come for me to announce I am retiring from professional BMX racing,” Dean said via an Instagram post.
“As I sit here and look back on it all, I have travelled the world racing my bike, lived in the USA for seven race seasons, competed in two Olympic Games and accomplished more than I could have ever imagined as a kid.
“I am very grateful for all the people I have met on this journey and those who helped me along the way.”
Anthony joined SASI in 2010 to advance his career, gaining access to coaching staff, support facilities and financial help.
“It’s been over 10 years since SASI started supporting me.
“I started training there, my first coach was there, and I can’t thank them enough.”
SASI Director Wes Battams said it had been wonderful to watch Anthony progress in his career and for SASI to be part of his journey over the past decade.
“Helping set up Anthony for success on the world stage has been very rewarding for the team,” Battams said.
“He’s had a number of career highlights both locally and internationally that we are very proud of and we know he will succeed in whatever he chooses to do in his next chapter.”
Over the years, Anthony has continually improved and showed he is one of the most consistent riders on the circuit.
In 2016, Anthony suffered a setback when he broke his collarbone just seven months out from the Rio Games.
He then went on to show what a gutsy competitor he is, making a speedy recovery and going on to join teammate Sam Willoughby in the Olympic final.
After Rio, the Adelaide born and raised BMX racer was consistent on the world stage, boasting a handful of World Cup finals, a sixth-place finish at the World Championships in Zolder and winning a silver medal at the 2020 World Cup in Shapparton.
In 2021, the 30-year-old was named in the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Games but unfortunately crashed in the first of his three quarter-final races, affecting his performance in his remaining races.
While it wasn’t the ideal end to his illustrious career, Anthony will retire as one of Australia’s most accomplished BMX racers.
SASI wishes Anthony all the best in his future endeavours.