Husband sets up foundation in memory of late cyclist


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  • Tuesday, 26 Jul 2005

SYDNEY: The husband of an Australian cyclist killed in a road accident in Germany last week has set up a foundation in her memory, Cycling Australia said yesterday. 

Amy Gillett, 29, died instantly when she and five other members of the Australian women's team were hit by an out-of-control car in Germany last Monday as they were training for the Thuringen Tour. 

Simon Gillett announced the establishment of the Amy Gillett Foundation at Sydney Airport as he arrived home yesterday with his wife's body. 

The foundation's aims are to provide support for the rehabilitation of Gillett's teammates; to fund and administer a scholarship program for young Australian female cyclists and to promote road safety awareness amongst cyclists and motorists, Cycling Australia said in a statement. 

“Amy was an amazing woman with a love of life, sport and education,” Gillett said. “This foundation will honour her memory by supporting the dedication, talent and commitment of young women who will follow in her footsteps.” 

Gillett’s teammates – Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley – were reported to be doing surprisingly well.  

“They no longer need assistance to breathe and they are talking," said Professor Gernot Marx from Jena University hospital. 

Three others Katie Brown, 21, Lorian Graham, 27, and Kate Nichols, 20, are all recovering from less serious injuries and are expected to be released in the next ten days. – Agencies 

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