Amy Gillett-Safe Foundation To Be Established
Simon Gillett has announced the establishment of the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation by her family and Cycling Australia in memory of his wife who was killed in an accident in Germany last week.
The 29 year old champion cyclist was training with the five other members of the Australian team preparing for the start of the Thüringen Tour when a teenage driver lost control of her vehicle, veered across the road and ploughed into the group.
Her five team mates remain in the University Clinic in Jena with Alexis Rhodes, 20, and Louise Yaxley, 23, in intensive care and progressing well while Katie Brown, 21, Lorian Graham, 27, and Kate Nichols, 20, are all recovering after surgery and expected to be released in the next ten days.
Mr Gillett announced the establishment of the Amy Gillett-Safe Foundation at Sydney Airport en-route from Germany to Ballarat whilst bringing his wife's body home to Australia.
The Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation has three main aims:
~ To provide support for the rehabilitation of Amy's five injured team-mates,
~ To fund and administer a scholarship program for young women cyclists to support
their sporting and academic endeavours,
~ To promote road safety awareness amongst cyclists and motorists.
"Amy was an amazing woman with a love of life, sport and education," said Mr Gilllett. "This Foundation will honour her memory by supporting the dedication, talent and commitment of young women who will follow in her footsteps.
"Her love of life and all it could offer stand as an example worth following," he said.
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.
Full details of the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation will be finalised in coming days. Details of how people can make donations will be available on the Cycling Australia website www.cycling.org.au or people can phone Cycling Australia on (02) 9644 3002 to confirm their pledge.
Cycling Australia, on behalf of its members, has pledged an initial donation of $5,000 to start the fund.
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