06/02/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/01/2017 18:46
In partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation, Cycling Australia is excited to announce Brisbane's Lucy Kennedy as the recipient of the twelfth Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship.
Lucy is a current member of the High5 Women's Cycling Team,and has achieved impressive results
to date, including most recently: Individual Time Trial Champion at the Oceania Road
Championships; Queen of Mountain (QOM) and stage winner in the Mersey Valley Tour; and third place at the 2017 Australian Road National Championships.
The scholarship is made possible through the support of the Amy Gillett Foundation, Cycling
Australia and RMG Sports Management. It provides Lucy with the opportunity to live, train and
compete in Europe, racing for the 2017 High5-RMG Australian Women's Road Development Team, supported and delivered by Cycling Australia.
The selection panel was unanimous in choosing Lucy as the scholarship recipient because of her sporting potential, her alignment to the values of the Amy Gillett Foundation and her commitment to a career outside sport, with bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering (Hons) and Commerce (Finance).
'On behalf of the Board and management teamwe congratulate Lucy on being selected as the 2017 Amy Gillett Cycling Scholar, we look forward to seeing her revel in her new cycling opportunities and working with her to achieve a safer cycling environment in Australia,' said Amy Gillett Foundation CEO Phoebe Dunn.
Cycling Australia CEO Nicholas Green OAM said 'We are very excited that Lucy Kennedy has been selected to receive the Amy Gillett Scholarship, she has had some outstanding results over the last few years throughout the Subaru National Road Series and we hope that her European training experience will help take her riding to the next level.'
'It's great for Cycling Australia and the Amy Gillett Foundation to be working together to help get
more female riders achieve their dreams and reach the next level with this scholarship,' Green
Kennedy was overjoyed when she received the news.'I'm delighted to be the recipient of this year's Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship. I'm very committed to my cycling and am in awe of the opportunities this will present. It is a wonderful privilege to be selected and I'm wholeheartedly committed to honouring the opportunity,' Kennedy said.
Previous Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship recipients include:
Louisa Lobigs (2016)*
Kimberley Wells (2015)*
Lizzie Williams (2014)*
Jessica Allen (2012)* Jo Hogan (2011)*
Rachel Neylan (2010)*
Amber Halliday (2009)
Carlee Taylor (2009)*
Carla Ryan (2007)
Jessie MacLean (2006)
*denotes current professional
About the Amy Gillett Foundation
The Amy Gillett Foundation was born out of tragedy, the death of Amy Gillett, who was hit by a driver while cycling in Germany in 2005. It has evolved to become the leading bike rider safety organisation in Australia, driven by a core mission to reduce the incidence of death and injury of bike riders. We work with all levels of government, road authorities, corporate, motoring, cycling and community safety organisations and the public to create a safer bike riding environment in Australia.
About the Amy Gillett Scholarship
The Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship is a partnership between the Amy Gillett Foundation, Cycling Australia and RMG Sports Management which encourages the development of talent, self-confidence, leadership, sportsmanship and a positive approach in female cyclists to competition, educational pursuits and life, consistent with the way in which Amy lived her life. Scholarship benefits include: • First selected athlete on the 2017 High5-RMG Australian Women's Road Development Team • Training and competition support by Cycling Australia High-PerformanceProgram staff • International racing licence, insurance and living allowance while in Europe • Overseas travel, meals and accommodation