The city of Santee last week honored Sean Gaian, a 15-year-old BMX rider and local resident who in July won the UCI World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.
To acknowledge Gaian's athletic achievements and offer the city's support for his future endeavors, Mayor Randy Voepel issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 13 as Sean Gaian Day in Santee.
Competitive BMX or bicycle motocross racers typically range in age from 3 to 60. Although it's a family oriented activity driven by participants, BMX racing was elevated to a medal sport at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Gaian has been a competitive BMX rider since the age of 4. He has already won 11 California state titles, and is currently the top-seeded rider in his age group.
He earned his first world championship in BMX racing through hard work and practice. He trains five days a week, alternating his workouts between the gym and three BMX tracks in the area.
He was recently selected by USA Cycling to participate in the BMX Junior Development Program Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, where he trained on motocross track similar to that used in the previous Olympics.
Later this year, he plans to compete in the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, OK. His goal is to qualify and compete for the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games.