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The family of cyclist Melissa Hoskins fondly remembers her as a spirited and free-spirited individual.
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The family of cyclist Melissa Hoskins fondly remembers her as a spirited and free-spirited individual.

The grieving loved ones of Melissa Hoskins, who was a world champion cyclist, have fondly recalled her as a carefree and kind-hearted individual as they try to cope with her passing.

A woman, age 32 and mother of two children, passed away in a hospital after being hit by a vehicle in Adelaide’s inner north on Saturday night.

Rohan Dennis, a two-time world champion and Olympic cycling medalist, has been accused of causing death by driving dangerously, driving without proper care, and risking lives. He has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court in March.

Following an overwhelming display of condolences from the cycling world, Hoskins’ family – parents Peter and Amanda, and sister Jess – stated on Tuesday that words cannot adequately express their sorrow and despair.

“We, Amanda, Jess, and our families, are deeply saddened and finding it difficult to come to terms with the events that have unfolded,” they stated together.

We have not only lost a daughter and sister, but her children have also lost their mother – a carefree and generous person with a big heart, patience, and enthusiasm for life.

She was a pillar in our lives and theirs, and it is important to pay tribute to her memory so that they may always remember who she was, her values, and the impact she made on those around her.

We have been deeply moved by the amount of sorrow and encouragement we have received. In the brief time she was alive, Melissa had many uplifting experiences both locally and internationally.

A service honoring Hoskins will take place in her hometown of Perth, with a memorial service to follow in Adelaide during this month’s Tour Down Under. The family requests privacy as they cope with their loss.

Hoskins took part in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games as a member of the team pursuit, and was on the team that achieved victory at the 2015 world championship in France.

Australia had high hopes of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Games, but their chances were dashed by a training accident just days before the qualifying round.

Hoskins was one of the individuals hurt in the multi-car accident. Despite participating in the preliminary round, he was unable to continue competing for the remainder of the competition. As a result, Australia placed fifth overall.

She and Anna Meares, who has won six Olympic medals, were both part of the Australian track cycling team at both the London and Rio Games.

Hoskins previously participated in road races for the Australian team GreenEDGE for multiple years before ending his career as a professional cyclist in 2017.

In 2023, after Dennis retired, the family moved from Europe to Adelaide.

Former South Australian champion Annette Edmondson, who was on the winning team in 2015, praised her ex-teammate as a “joyful, witty individual with a multitude of talents” and a formidable presence.

Edmondson shared on social media that she made a significant impact on the world of track and road cycling before moving on to her next goal of starting a family and being a devoted mother.

“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have met you, Mel. Your support and encouragement helped me become a stronger athlete. The moment we stood together at the pinnacle of success, singing our national anthem in 2015, was one of the greatest days of my life. It was a testament to our team’s perseverance and I will always treasure it.”

Team pursuit winners

Hoskins and Dennis were planning to participate in an event at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

On Facebook, Hoskins went by her married name, Dennis, but when competing, she used her birth name, Melissa Hoskins.

Royce Kurmelovs contributed additional reporting.

Source: theguardian.com