By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE BMX competitior Krystal Cranfield is one of just five riders to earn Australian selection for the World Championships in Paris in July.
Cranfield, the only elite women's competitor among the five named, will contest her second world championships at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy stadium in France's capital.
Cranfield said she was thrilled at her selection and with the opportunity to train under the guidance of national high-perfor-mance coach Shaun Dwight.
Dwight has taken a personal interest in Cranfield's progress and has offered to help Cranfield's preparations as she eyes off a spot in the Australian team to contest the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Cranfield's training program will initially require her to travel to New South Wales to undergo extensive fitness testing under Dwight's guidance in order to ascertain any areas in which she needs further development.
"It's very exciting ? I've never done anything like this be-fore,'' she said yesterday.
"I've only trained with Dad who's done an excellent job but to train with someone higher who knows so much about the sport is going to be great.''
Cranfield, who has contested three junior world championships campaigns, said preparing for her first senior world championships was a different experience again.
"I'm basically going up against the best in the world ? it's going to be a big experience,'' Cranfield said.
After finishing eighth in the junior elite division at last year's world championships in Holland, Cranfield is aiming higher this year despite the step up in standard.
"I'll be going for No.1,'' she said with confidence. The Australian team will depart two weeks prior to the world championships and their preparations will include competinge in the Switzerland round of the UCI World Cup.
Cranfield, who recently received a lucrative sponsorship from DK Factory bicycles, said her Australian selection vindicated years of hard work she had put into the sport.