Ride of courage
By TONY WHITE
MEMBERS of the Australian Institute of Sport Women's Road Cycling Team involved in the horrific accident in Germany mid-year that resulted in the death of Amy Gillett and serious injuries to five other riders, will be in Grafton next month taking part in a cycling fundraiser.
The Lions Club Grafton Inc. will assist in hosting the cyclists arrival on Thursday, December 8, and has organised a public forum in Market Square scheduled for 5.30pm. Riders will discuss with the community the aims of the Amy Gillett Foundation and awareness of road safety between cyclists and motorists.
Clarence Valley Council mayor Ian Tiley and Olympic cycling gold medallist Kevin Nichols, a former Grafton Lions Club member whose daughter Kate Nichols was injured in the accident, have been invited to attend.
A welcome barbecue to feed the riders, auxiliary staff and the public has been organised for approximately 11.30am.
The Amy Gillett Foundation Fundraising Ride commences in Maitland on December 4 and ends in Brisbane on December 12. It involves a 900km ride over nine days with some of the surviving members of the AIS Women's Road Cycling Team and high profile athletes joining in at various stages.
"We're hopeful of getting good public support and raising monies towards the Amy Gillett Foundation," Grafton Lions Club president John Kelleher said.
"Lorian Graham, one of the injured AIS cyclists, will be a speaker at the forum."
The Amy Gillett Foundation was set up following the German tragedy on July 18 to provide support and rehabilitation for Amy's five injured teammates; to fund and administer a scholarship program for young women cyclists in their sporting and academic endeavours, and; to promote road safety awareness among cyclists and motorists.