The Amy Gillett Foundation in partnership with Cycling Australia announced details regarding the 2008 Amy Gillett Scholarship, which provides outstanding financial and in-kind support for its annual cycling recipient.
"Each year we look to support a well-rounded female athlete who is not only determined and capable of excelling in the sport of cycling, but who acknowledges the importance of continued further education and life off the bike," said foundation General Manager Melinda Jacobsen, when he officially called for applications from Australia's talented female cyclists.
The scholarship honours the memory of Gillett, who was killed whilst on a training ride in Germany, 2005, by supporting young cyclists who share her sporting and life goals.
Based on a joint partnership between the Foundation and Cycling Australia/AIS High Performance Program, the scholarship provides a mixture of financial and incentives to the successful recipient, such as financial assistance with travel, accommodation and expenses, Giant road bike, Oakley eyewear, oversight of training by national coaches and access to AIS clinical services.
"The Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for both elite cycling and career development for the successful young cyclist," noted Cycling Australia CEO, Graham Fredericks. "It also contributes to underpinning Australia's position at the pinnacle of international women's road cycling by providing another pathway to the AIS and national representation."
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The 2007 recipient, Carla Ryan, has benefited enormously from the scholarship and encouraged her peers to apply for the unique opportunity. "The scholarship has been a huge support in helping me further my career in cycling. It has provided me access to various resources and financial support which has been of huge benefit to my development in the sport," said Ryan.
Selection criteria and application forms are now available at www.amygillett.org.au The closing date for all applications is on Friday, February 22.