Melissa Hoskins former Australian Olympic cyclist is being remembered by former school teachers

Former school pals and teachers of Olympic cyclist Melissa Hoskins have paid tribute after her tragic death.

Deputy Principal Jessica Foster at Carmel Adventist College (CAC), Western Australia, said the CAC community are devastated after hearing the news.

“We are devastated at the loss of Mel. Her peers and their families, her teachers, staff, and the wider school community that remember and kept in contact with her over the years, are absolutely heartbroken.

“She was kind, full of fun and laughter, and loved and respected by us all.

“We weren’t just proud of her amazing sporting achievements, but by the way she carried herself and the beautiful young woman that she was.

“Having her come back during her success as a cyclist to visit the College and share with the students, not only about her achievements, but also the life lessons she learned since leaving school, was what Mel was all about – generously giving back to those around her. “

Raised in Kalamunda, in the Perth Hills of Western Australia, Ms Hoskins was a student at Walliston Primary School, then Carmel Adventist College before graduating in 2008.

Ms Hoskins was well known as a professional sportsperson, wife and mother to two children.

Police allege Ms Hoskins’ husband Rohan Dennis, 33, fatally struck her with a vehicle on December 30 near their Adelaide home.

Ms Hoskins, 32, was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital suffering serious injuries, and died hours later.

South Australian Police have charged Mr Dennis and allege he was behind the wheel of a ute that hit the mother of two.

He was released on bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court again in March.

As funeral arrangements are being made in Perth for Ms Hoskins, her hometown community is reflecting on the incredible contribution she made to their lives.

Her parents, Peter and Amanda, along with her sister, Jessica Locke, said they will remember ‘Mel’ as a “freewheeling spirit” and “a giver with a big heart, patience and zest for life”.

In a statement from her father Peter, released through AusCycling, the family said they were “utterly devastated” by Ms Hoskins’ death.

“Myself, Amanda, Jess and families, are utterly devastated and still struggling to process what has happened,” the statement reads.

“Not only have we lost a daughter and sister, her children have lost their mum, a freewheeling spirit, a giver with a big heart, patience and zest for life.

“She was the rock of their life and ours and we need to honour her memory so they can grow up knowing who she was, what she stood for and what she gave to everyone whose life she touched.

“The outpouring of sadness and support has overwhelmed us. In her short life Melissa has had so many positive touch points in and around the world.

“The funeral will be held in Perth, her hometown, with a memorial service in Adelaide after the Tour Down Under.

“We now need to deal with our grief privately and will be making no further comments. We ask that media please respect our privacy and that of Melissa’s children.”

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