Australia’s Alexis Rhodes, seriously injured last year in an incident that claimed the life of Amy G
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Australian Commonwealth Games selection Alexis Rhodes has said she is going to dedicate her campaign at the Melbourne event to former Australian Institute of Sport team-mate Amy Gillett, who was killed last year when hit by a car while out training before a race in Germany. Rhodes and four other AIS riders were seriously injured in the incident, which left 21-year-old Rhodes on a life support machine for several days.
“[Amy] is quite a big part of my life and, of course, I would like to dedicate pretty much a lot of what I am doing (in Melbourne) to her,” Rhodes told the Adelaide Advertiser. “She is still there in my mind.”
Rhodes spent several months after the incident last July recovering from her injuries, which included spinal fractures and seven broken bones in her back, before getting back on the bike and setting her sights on the Games. She has been selected to ride the points race with Kate Bates and in the individual pursuit.
“It’s something that I thought I might have had taken away from me,” Rhodes said of her Games selection. “I got time to reflect on it and realise how much I actually do really love the sport. To come back and to be named in my first ever Commonwealth Games team, it has been pretty exciting but I guess now the real work starts.”
She also admitted the crash in Germany had considerably changed her outlook on cycling. “I don’t take it seriously, there is a lot more to life. I think that helps me in quite a few ways, but I have actually become a better bike rider for it. If I have a bad day, I just put it down to a bad day.”