Friday 19 January 2018

Australian jockey Desiree Gill dies after fall

Australian jockey Desiree Gill has died after suffering severe head injuries in a fall at a Sunshine Coast meeting on Saturday.

The 45-year-old rider was taken to Nambour Hospital in a critical condition following the fall and died on Sunday morning.

A statement from Racing Queensland read: "Desiree was a highly experienced and respected jockey whose untimely death has shocked and deeply saddened the racing industry.

"Desiree was widely admired and loved for her passion for the racing industry and in particular, her commitment to developing the next generation of jockeys.

"Desiree enjoyed a distinguished riding career spanning 30 years which included a period of employment with Racing Queensland mentoring and educating apprentice jockeys.

"Desiree was the 2011/12 and 2012/13 South-East Queensland Country Premiership Jockey of the Year amongst her many career achievements."

Darren Condon, chief executive of Racing Queensland added: "I know everyone in the racing fraternity is saddened by this tragic loss and we pass on our deepest sympathies to Desiree's husband Barry and the Gill family."

Gill is survived by her husband Barry and two sons.

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