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July 19, 2005: Thinking of Amy

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I really don't feel much like talking about the race today. We gave it our best shot but we came up short.

It's really tough when you know all the people involved. My heart goes out to all the girls and their families. Amy was a special girl and she will be missed heaps. It's going to leave a big hole in the lives of a lot of people. My thoughts are with all the girls in hospital and I know their fighting spirit will get them through.

I know Wazza will be going through a lot of pain right now. He's a good mate of mine and along with Brian and Shayne, I wish I could be with all of them right now.

My thoughts are also with the families and loved ones of all the girls.

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