Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship | 2016
Amy Gillett had a great love for life, sport and education. An elite rower, winning two world championships and representing Australia at the Atlanta Olympic Games, Amy then became a champion cyclist. Her dedication to achieve was also evident in her academic endeavours, including commencing a PhD. However, in 2005 Amy tragically died when a car collided with the Australian Women's Cycling Team while they were training in Germany.
The Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship 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.
The Amy Gillett Foundation provides the opportunity for a rider to live, train and compete in Europe.
Cycling Tips have compiled an excellent history of the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship, including updates on previous recipients and a thorough exploration of why the scholarship was created. You can read it here.
The Scholarship is awarded annually on the fulfilment of criteria that encompasses cycling achievements and future potential, work and study experience and aspirations, personal and team qualities, and other sporting background.
Eligibility is open to female road cyclists competing at the elite level (i.e. must hold a current Cycling Australia ‘elite’ category women’s competitive licence), who are not current or past AIS scholarship holders.
The Scholarship has built an enviable reputation and legacy, with past recipients progressing to full Australian Institute of Sport scholarships, securing professional team contracts. Scholarship holders have also claimed impressive national and international results since their Scholarship year.