Graham praises calm team coach
JENA, Germany ? Rockhampton cyclist Lorian Graham thought at first the motorist was trying to "have a go'' at the women's team taking part in the training session in the German countryside.
But within seconds, the car driven by an 18-year-old novice driver had ploughed into the six riders from the Australian Institute of Sport last Monday, instantly killing Amy Gillett and injuring the others, two critically.
"The person was going very fast, the car was out of control,'' Graham said yesterday, the first time she has spoken to the media about the devastating accident. "Personally, I thought for a split second the driver might have been trying to be funny because we do have problems with motorists at times.
"The car didn't correct itself and before I knew it the back end of the car had turned around and that was what I hit.''
Graham was fourth in line at the time of the accident behind Gillett, Louise Yaxley and Kate Brown, with Katie Nicholls beside her and Alexis Rhodes behind when they were hit. The team had been taking part in a training session near the town of Zeulenroda, 80km south of Leipzig. "It felt to me the car was 20 metres away and then it was right on us .?.?. we are all very lucky to be able to talk to you.'' Their coach, Warren McDonald, who was nearby, immediately tried to help. "When it happened on the day we were very fortunate to have our coach following us at the time. "He arrived very shortly after and just how he held himself together on that day .?.?. '' Graham said, "because we were not in a situation for any of us to get up or help each other and I would just like to thank our coach ...
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