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Amy Gillett's husband arrives in Germany

AM - Saturday, 23 July , 2005 08:17:52

Reporter: Emma Griffiths

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Simon Gillett, the husband of champion cyclist Amy, has arrived in Germany to
bring his wife's body back to Australia. She was killed when her team was struck by a car during a
training session in Germany earlier this week.

The rest of the team are still in hospital; two women remain in intensive care. The others are
seeking solace from family, friends and their coach, who was the first on the scene.

From Germany, ABC Correspondent Emma Griffiths filed this report.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: Amy Gillett's husband, Simon, visited the stretch of road where his wife spent her
final moments. The couple had been married just a year; it's expected he'll accompany her body home
in the coming days.

At the side of the road, there's a memorial to the 29-year-old cyclist: a small cross surrounded by
flowers and messages.

Earlier, friend and professional cyclist Kate Bates had knelt and prayed at the site. She rode with
the team last year.

KATE BATES: We all just want to come out on our own and talk to her and say what we need to say and
say things that we think we probably should have said everyday to her.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: That grief is mixed with anguish and hope for the fate of the other five injured
team members. The condition of Louise Yaxley of Tasmania and South Australian Alexis Rhodes remains
a day-by-day concern.

Kate Bates has visited her close friend Alexis Rhodes, who remains sedated and on life support with
severe injuries to her chest and spine.

KATE BATES: She looks beautiful and she's... she looks peaceful and she's just taking the time she
needs to get better, but they're the strongest girls in the world, you know, and that really gives
us all a lot of hope.

The rest of the team, Sydney cyclists Kate Nichols and Kate Brown, and Lorian Graham from Brisbane
are recovering well, chatting and resting in the same room.

Their counsellor, Rosanna Stanimirovic, says for them the nights are the worst.

ROSANNA STANIMIROVIC: That is when it is the most difficult to feel in control and comfortable. The
pictures, the response, the flashbacks from what actually happened and what they've experienced are
very vivid, and very difficult to control, and your emotional response and physiological response
is quite immediate when there are flashbacks.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: Officials have spoken too of the trauma felt by the team's coach, Warren McDonald.
He was the first on the scene and began immediate first aid before the paramedics arrived.

WARREN MCDONALD: It's phenomenal, this hospital, the doctors, it's just unbelievable the support
that these girls are getting. It's the best.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: Are you being told you need to look after yourself as well?

WARREN MCDONALD: I have my wife here and she's showing me terrific support.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: What are they saying to you as their coach; what are they saying?

WARREN MCDONALD: They want to ride, they want to ride again and they want to be with their family.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Warren McDonald, the cycling team's coach ending that report from Emma
Griffiths.