‘Wings in heaven’: 15-year-old girl dies after motorcycle race crash

A 15-year-old motorcycle racer has died after a horrific accident during the event.

Amelia Kotze has died in hospital after sustaining serious injuries while racing in the Central Coast Cup on May 25.

In a statement, Motorcycling New South Wales confirmed Ms Kotze had died and described her as a “rising star in the dirt track world”.

Paramedics were called to Allen Park Track in Somersby, near Gosford, at 2pm on Saturday and she was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney with life-threatening injuries.

She was treated in intensive care but died on Tuesday, May 28.

A 14-year-old boy was also injured in the accident, but not seriously.

“She was a beacon of talent, determination and sportsmanship. Her impressive achievements spoke volumes for her commitment to the sport,” Motorcycling New South Wales stated.

The young cyclist successfully won Victoria’s Junior Girls National Championship in November, and last year the NSW Junior Track Championship – she also competed in the Australian Dirt Track Championship.

The student at Belmont Christian College in Lake Macquarie was named Junior Female Rider of the Year last year.

A GoFundMe has raised more than $14,000 to support the family.

Before she died, the organizer wrote: “Amelia is a 15-year-old young lady who is an absolute inspiration to all who meet her and an amazing champion on and off the track.

“Amelia needs our support, let’s come together and help her family with any medical expenses, accommodation for her family to be there with her and/or any unexpected expenses that may arise during this difficult time.

“I’m asking everyone who can help support Amelia and her family to do so, no matter how big or small every dollar helps at this heartbreaking time.”

After her death, the page was updated to read: “Our little track champion finished her race here with us and got her wings to now race in heaven.

“You were such an inspiration to everyone and you will be greatly missed by all. Hold the gas on your heart, fly high and drive a beautiful girl hard. Forever #789 xoxo,” it continued, paying homage to her competition number.

Friends and family paid tribute to the young woman on social media.

“Go ahead with our little pocket rocket. We are so blessed to have you in our lives and part of our family. Our hearts are broken and you will be loved forever,” wrote one.

“Our thoughts are with everyone in the racing community and Amelia’s family on the devastating loss of a beautiful young woman. Rip Amelia,” wrote another.

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