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Previous Scholarship Recipients

 

2016 | Louisa Lobigs

 

Current ACT individual time trial champion and in 2015 placed sixth at the Australian National Championships in the same discipline. 

 

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Photo credit: Con ChronisLouisa's sporting potential, alignment to the values of the Amy Gillett Foundation and her commitment to a career outside sport, which currently sees her completing a PhD at the University of Western Australia made her an ideal recipient.

 

Juggling a PhD and training commitments is challenging but provides great perspective.

 

After applying for the scholarship for a third consecutive year, Lobigs was excited to discover she was successful this time around.

 

“It’s a real honour, a lot of amazing athletes have had it in the past and it’s inspiring to be able to represent Amy and the work of the Amy Gillett Foundation,” Lobigs said.

After her sporting career, Lobigs’ second passion in life is community health.

After completing a Bachelor of Medical Science at the Australian National University Lobigs is completing a PhD focused on biomarker and blood volume variations in relation to the anti-doping tool, the Athlete’s Biological Passport.

“I love training and that takes up a good part of my day, but I find the Uni work gives me the balance I need to stay motivated in my training and at Uni,” Lobigs said.

Photo credit: Con Chronis

 

 

2015 | Kimberly Wells

 

Dr Kimberley Wells awarded 10th Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship 
 
The Amy Gillett Foundation is proud to announce Dr Kimberley Wells as the successful image courtesy of JXP Photography
recipient of the 10th Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship.
 
 
Dr Wells, 29, impressed the panel of judges with her outstanding cycling achievements and qualities as a role model in her medical career and community work.
 
The scholarship provides for a female road cyclist to live, train and compete in Europe with the Australian development team.
 
As this year’s recipient, Dr Wells will also be an ambassador for the Amy Gillett Foundation to help raise bike rider safety awareness for all road users. 
 
For the Amy Gillett Foundation, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Amy Gillett’s death on 18 July; a date which also holds mixed feelings for Dr Wells.
 
On 18 July 2005, Dr Wells was a second year medical student at James Cook University completing a placement in a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory and celebrating her 20th birthday. She said news of Amy’s death in Germany shocked and saddened her.
 
‘’I was a huge fan of the Aussie Women’s cycling team and enjoyed watching them go from strength to strength,” Dr Wells said. 
 
“Those cycling stars were another world away from me and then they were lying in hospital beds, their lives completely changed. Every year I can’t help but think of Amy on July 18th as I’m celebrating another year pursuing my passions and dreams.
 
‘’I will represent the Amy Gillett Foundation with pride, doing my best to achieve excellent results for myself and for my team in Europe. I also want to help the Amy Gillett Foundation raise the profile of vulnerable road users in order to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths of bike riders in Australia.”
 
Simon Gillett, who is the Amy Gillett Foundation’s Patron and one of the scholarship judges, said that Dr Wells had the best physical ability, mental fortitude and commitment to promote bike rider safety.
 
‘’This scholarship is a legacy to Amy’s life and ambitions, and Dr Wells has proven the same excellence in her sport as well as her education that Amy pursued. Dr Wells is already a gifted athlete and I am confident she will also make a talented Ambassador for the Foundation,’’ Mr Gillett said. 
 
 
Picture: Kimberley Wells in action, photo courtesy of JXP Photography.

 

2014 | Lizzie Williams

 

Lizzie Williams, former Australian Criterium Champion was awarded the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship in June 2014, which led to two months racing with the national team in Europe, including a berth in the inaugural edition of La Course, the one-day women’s race held just hours before the final stage of the Tour de France.

Williams was seventh in that race, seventh overall in La Route de France and fourth overall at the 18th Trophée d’Or Féminin off the back of a second place and two third places. In the short time of international racing Williams has accrued an impressive 20 top-10 finishes and her success continues after joining Orica-AIS on a one-year contract.

 
Williams thanked the Amy Gillett Foundation for the opportunity to race at an international level, but also for being welcomed into the 'Foundation's Family'.
 
''Taking part in the Share the Road Tour 2014, I witnessed first hand the tremendous work the AGF is achieving to improve road safety. Share the Road Tour was a pivotal turning point for me personally, firstly realising that 'a metre' really does matter when it comes to safety, and secondly, taking responsibility for your behaviour on the road as a cyclist is crucial to bridge the gap between cyclists and motorists.
 
''Thank you AGF for all your support,'' Williams said.  

Watch this great video interview with Lizzie Williams about her career lowlights and highlights, in particular what the Amy Gillett Scholarship has helped her achieve.

Cycling Tips have also featured a great summary of the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship as well as an interview with 2014 recipient Lizzie Williams.

You can follow Lizzie on Twitter: @lizziedizzie83 

 

 

2013 | Jessica Mundy

 

Two-time World Juniuor Road Cycling Championship team memberJessica Mundy was the 2013 recipients of the Amy Gillett Road Cycling Scholarship, the eighth rider bestowed with the honour.

 

Mundy enjoyed time in Europe with the 2013 Jayco-AIS Women's Endurance Squad before returning to Australia and competing in the National Road Series. In late 2013, Mundy secured a 2014 Cycling Australia Women's Endurance Cycling Program Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

2012 | Jessica Allen

Junior World Champion Australian female cyclist Jessica Allen was the recipient of the seventh annual Amy Gillett Road Cycling Scholarship, delivered in partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation, Cycling Australia and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

As the 2012 Junior World Individual Time Trial Champion, Junior Oceania Individual Time Trial Champion, Australian 2011 Junior Road Cyclist of the year, Junior Australian Points Score Track Champion, Allen now holds the title of 2014 Oceania Road Race Champion. Jessica continues to impress and is currently riding with Victoria Institute of Sport women's cycling team.

 

 

 

2011 | Joanne Hogan

 

Australian female cyclist Joanne Hogan was the recipient of the sixth annual Amy Gillett Foundation and Cycling Australia-AIS High Performance Program sports scholarship.

 

 “Receiving this scholarship means so much to me, opening up exciting opportunities and experiences that I wouldn’t have access to. I am conscious of the responsibility that being an ambassador for the Foundation entails, in particular spreading the road safety message, an issue that is close to my heart. I am also looking forward to being a part of the new Women’s Development Team, a great new pathway for developing women’s cycling on an international stage,” Joanne said.

 

In 2013 Jo placed 1st  in the Victorian Road Championships and 2nd in the Australian National Road Championships. Jo race with UCI Spanish Woman’s Team, Bizkaia-Durango in 2012 and 2013 and has signed to race for the Swiss based Bigla Women's cycling team in 2014.

 

 

2010 | Rachel Neylan

 

Elite Australian female cyclist Rachel Neylan was announced as the fifth annual Amy Gillett Foundation and Cycling Australia-AIS High Performance Program sports scholarship recipient.

“Receiving the Amy Gillett Foundation sports scholarship is a huge honour, especially at the ‘ripe’ sports age of 28! It places me in the league of some remarkable female athletes to have benefited from this. I relish the challenge of living up to expectations and standards of their collective legacy, and the opportunities it now provides me with the AIS.

“It also allows me to become an official Ambassador for an organisation that is very relevant to my sport and the safety of all those who cycle. I am passionate about riding but equally passionate about road safety for all users. I look forward to spreading the Amy Gillett Foundation message at home and abroad,” said Neylan.

Placing 2nd in the UCI World Championships in 2012, Rachel held a professional contract in the 2013 season with Hitec, a Norwegian based UCI Women’s Professional Cycling Team and is currently training with the Cycling Australia National Womens' Endurance Program.

 

 

2009 | Amber Halliday

 

Former Olympic rower turned cycling sensation Amber Halliday was the Amy Gillett Foundation 2009 Cycling Scholarship recipient.


“To be awarded the AGF Scholarship is not only such an honour because of the opportunity it affords and the success of the previous AGF scholarship holders, but because of the name behind it. I knew Amy as a young rower and certainly looked up to her as a role model. Her tenacity was famous in rowing and she took that with her into cycling. Now, having done the same switch of sports, I can only hope to emulate her work ethic and determination,” said Halliday.

 

 

2008 | Carlee Taylor

 

The 2008 Amy Gillett Scholarship recipient was presented to Carlee Taylor from South Australia.

Carlee achieved great success as a member of the Australian Junior Road team and placed 1st (under 23yrs) at the Australian Road Championships and 4th (under 23yrs) at the Australian Time Trial Championships. Carlee is now a member of the UCI Womens professional Australian cyclng team, Orica-AIS.

 

 

2007 | Carla Ryan

 

Carla was selected from a strong field of ten applicants for the 2007 Amy Gillett Scholarship.

Carla had a full AIS Scholarship in 2008 and raced the whole season in Europe with the National Team. Her 2008 season started well with a 7th in the National Time Trial and 7th in the National Road Title held in Ballarat, January 2008. She also signed a two year contract with European team Cervelo Lifeforce.

Carla' took first place in both the Australian National Time Trial and National Road Championship in 2009 - a rare double.

 

 

 

2006 | Jessie MacLean

 

Jessie was announced as the Amy Gillett Scholarship holder in 2006

Jessie started her cycling career in 2000 having been identified in a talent search program while playing hockey, volleyball and rowing for the ACT. In 2002 she received a Scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport and went on to win the under 19 Pursuit at the Nationals and Junior World Pursuit Championships in Moscow in 2003.

In 2007, Jessie trained and raced with Verducci Breakaway, a UCI team based in the US. Jessie is now a member of the UCI Womens pro cyclling team Orica-AIS.