The Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania (SCAT) has named Louise Yaxley as its Ambassador for the upcoming Nationalgrid Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals. Louise was part of the Australian women's team that was hit by a car while training in Germany in July, resulting in the death of Amy Gillett and serious injuries to the other five cyclists involved. The injured riders have made remarkable progress and all are well on the way to recovery.
SCAT considers Yaxley as someone who is greatly admired for her cycling ability and one who is determined to recover from the tragic event of the accident in Germany. Last Christmas Carnival series, she put in some outstanding performances in the women's events in which she gained the respect and support of the Tasmanian crowds.
"We believe Louise is very worth of being our inaugural Ambassador and as such she will be promoting the Carnivals and assisting with presentation and interviews," said Grant Atkins, Chairman of SCAT in a statement.
It's also expected that SCAT will assist the Amy Gillett Foundation, which has been established to provide support for the rehabilitation of Amy's injured team mates, to fund and administer a scholarship program for young female cyclists, and to support and promote projects aimed at road safety awareness amongst cyclists and motorists.
For more information see the SCAT website.