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South Australia's Jessica Mundy awarded Amy Gillett Road Cycling Scholarship

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Two-time junior world representative Jessica Mundy is the recipient of the eighth Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship, delivered in partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation, Cycling Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport.

The 18-year-old South Australian commenced cycling as an eleven year old with the Norwood Cycling Club and in the past seven years has progressed through State, National and International competitions.

A determined young athlete who has already experienced two years of international competition, Munday has permformed the majority of her training and racing  as part of the South Australian Sports Institute and the Jayco/Apollo VIS team in the Cycling Australia Subaru National Road Series.

“I was overwhelmed when I received the news. I am really looking forward to being an Ambassador for the Amy Gillett Foundation and with that having the fantastic opportunities it brings”, said Mundy.

“I one day hope to join an international cycling team such as Orica-AIS and to compete on the UCI women’s tour,” added Mundy, who will, as a member of the Jayco-AIS Women’s Endurance Squad,  will be based in Europe throughout July – September.

In honour of Amy Gillett, the Scholarship not only lauds sporting talent, but broader developments such as schooling, career aspirations and community participation. The Scholarship offers a unique opportunity to assist Australia's talented up-and-coming women road cyclists by providing national and international competition and training opportunities.

AGF Patron Simon Gillett said “the scholarship provides an important stepping stone as evidenced by previous recipients’ history winning world championship medals, national titles, and securing professional contracts”.

CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation, Tracey Gaudry is delighted by the choice of this year’s recipient and believes Mundy is now ready to take the next step in international senior competition.

“The Foundation received applications from many very promising female cyclists, all of whom would be worthy recipients of the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship.  This year we have placed a focus on development and through the Scholarship, Jessica will take her first steps in the elite international ranks on the path to what we hope becomes a successful road cycling career”, enthused Gaudry.

Mundy will now be a member of the Jayco-AIS Women’s Endurance Squad, which will be based in Europe throughout July – September, training and competing in international competitions.

The Amy Gillett Foundation was established in 2005 following the death of Amy Gillett while cycling with the Australian Women’s Cycling Team in Germany, when a driver careered across the wrong side of the road into the riders.

The Amy Gillett Foundation’s mission is safe bicycle riding in Australia.  Its vision is zero bicycle rider fatalities.

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