Update on Injured Australian
Rhodes begins physiotherapy as Yaxley recovers from surgery
update from Cycling Australia and the Australian Sports Commission
Released at 10:00hrs, 28
July (Aus Eastern Standard Time), (02:00hrs Europe, 01:00hrs UK)
cyclist Alexis Rhodes, 20, has started physiotherapy as part of her
rehabilitation and Tasmanian Louise Yaxley, 23, is recovering well from
surgery in the University Clinic in Jena.
Australian Institute of Sport Director, Professor Peter Fricker, says the
pair remain in intensive care but doctors say they are very happy with the
progress of both women.
Alexis Rhodes -
in TT action in Italy, July 2005
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"Alexis has done some walking and some cycling on a stationary
rehabilitation bike," said Prof. Fricker. "It's pretty amazing
progress for a girl in intensive care but she's determined.
"The surgery on Louise went very well," said Prof. Fricker.
"Doctors changed the fixator device in her right elbow to allow more
flexibility and they also operated on her left wrist.
"She has also undergone skin grafts on both arms," he said.
"She will need to have some pins removed at a future date but she is
doing well mentally and has recovered from the anaesthetic and surgery
Meanwhile Sydney's Kate Nichols, 20, has been out and about in Jena and
will be heading home in the next week or so while Queenslander, Lorian
Graham, 27, has started physiotherapy and rehabilitation including cycling
with one leg.
"She is mentally very strong and enthusiastic about her
rehabilitation," said Prof. Fricker.
Sydney's Katie Brown, 21, has begun weight bearing exercise on her left
leg but work on her right leg will have to wait until the fractured bones
Champion cyclist and Atlanta Olympic Games rower, Amy Gillett, 29, died
instantly when a teenage female driver lost control of her vehicle,
crossed to the other side of the road and ploughed into the six member
Australian women's team last Tuesday (0140 AEST - Monday local time). The
team was training for the Thüringen Tour due to start the next day.
Her funeral followed by a memorial service will be held next Friday July
29th in Ballarat.
Her five injured team mates have sent back a message to be read on their
behalf at the memorial service.
A second memorial service will be held at Adelaide's Super-Drome on Friday
Amy's family and Cycling Australia have established the Amy Gillett-Safe
Cycling Foundation to honour her memory. The Foundation will assist with
the recovery of her injured team mates, fund a sporting and academic
scholarship program for promising female cyclists and promote road safety
awareness amongst cyclists and motorists.
The German government has announced a
donation of $8000 to the Foundation and the organisers of the Thüringen Rundfahrt event will establish the Amy Gillett prize to a team or
individual for outstanding fairness and exemplary sportsmanship during the
People wishing to donate to the Foundation should visit the Cycling
Australia website at www.cycling.org.au
follow the links from the home page.
Cycling Australia has also established an email link for people who wish
to send condolence messages to the family of Amy Gillett or to pass on
their thoughts and wishes to those injured.
Go to www.cycling.org.au
and follow the link on the home page. Messages can also be
sent via the Australian Sports Commission website www.ausport.gov.au
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