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Memorial service for Gillett in Zeulenroda

By:
Tim Maloney, European Editor
Published:
July 20, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:42 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for July 20, 2005
A wooden cross and flowers

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The organisers of the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen held a memorial service for Amy Gillett on...

Rhodes and Yaxley "serious but stable"

The organisers of the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen held a memorial service for Amy Gillett on Tuesday afternoon. The service was staged at the Marktplatz (Market Place) in Zeulenroda at 5.30pm local time. The location was to have been the start/finish area of the prologue of the race, which was cancelled in the wake of Amy's death.

The service was attended by race teams and officials along with a representative of the German Cycling Federation, the President of the Thüringen Cycling Federation, Mr Jurgen Beese and local government representatives. Australia's Ambassador to Germany, Pamela Fayle, and Senior Consular Officer, David Poulter were also present.

After a short service at the Marktplatz, the mourners travelled in convoy to the site of the accident, where floral tributes were laid. Ambassador Fayle laid a wreath on behalf of all Australians.

Four of the five cyclists injured in the accident are now in the same hospital after helicopters transferred Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley earlier today (local German time). Arrangements are being made to move Lorian Graham to join them if she so wishes. Doctors have listed Lorian, Katie Brown and Kate Nichols in satisfactory condition whilst both Louise and Alexis remain in a serious but stable condition. The latter two will have to remain in hospital for at least a month.

The following condolence message from Cycling Australia was read out by the organisers of the memorial service:

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

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 Australian 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.

See also:
Amy Gillett dead after crash in Germany
Unprecedented carnage in Germany

Tributes to Amy Gillett

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