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Tribute to Amy Gillett

Condolence Message from the Board, Management, Staff and Members of Cycling Australia

The following message has been released by Cycling Australia in memory of Amy Gillett and in support of her injured team-mates and was read out at the service held on Tuesday evening.

Amy Gillett was our friend, our team mate and a member of our cycling family - her death has left us in shock and grieving.

Amy was an amazing woman, a role model not just for athletes but for everyone who aspires to be happy and successful in life. Her honesty and loyalty made her an invaluable team mate and her friendship was treasured by all who knew her. Her bright, bubbly, joyous personality and that trademark Amy smile are irreplaceable.

Before turning to cycling Amy had a successful career in rowing that saw her represent Australia at the Atlanta Olympic Games. After that she chose cycling as her sport and was inspirational in her pursuit of excellence. Amy was an Australian champion on the track and a medallist on the road at this year's Australian Championships. She has stood on the podium at events both at home in Australia and internationally. She was a dedicated, committed and talented cyclist who did us proud every time she wore the green and gold.

We join everyone in sending our deepest sympathies to Amy's husband, Simon, parents Denis and Mary and her many friends and family who have been devastated by this tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with the five cyclists who remain in hospital today. Alexis Rhodes, Louise Yaxley, Katie Brown, Kate Nichols and Lorian Graham are receiving the very best of care and we look forward to their eventual release from hospital.

To coach Warren McDonald, the team staff and Amy's team-mates and friends here today - our thoughts are with you.

Cycling Australia would like to express our gratitude to the organisers of the Thuringen-Rundfahrt, the German police, emergency services and medical professionals who have done so much to help our team in the wake of this accident. Also our thanks go to the Australian Ambassador to Germany, Pamela Fayle, and her staff who have travelled down to help in whatever way they can.

Farewell Amy - may all your rides be in fair weather and calm winds and may all your races be victories - rest in peace.

 

 

 

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