Melissa Hoskins is laid to rest at packed funeral with her heartbroken father to deliver her eulogy – after she was allegedly run down by cycling champion husband Rohan Dennis’ ute

The heartbroken father of Olympian cyclist and mother-of-two Melissa Hoskins is expected to deliver a eulogy at this daughter’s funeral in Perth.

More than 100 mourners gathered at the West Chapel at Fremantle Cemetery to farewell Ms Hoskins.

The program for the service included a photo showing a proud moment from her cycling career and a list of her key achievements in the sport.

A montage of pictures is expected to be played to the songs Perfect by Fairground Attraction Chords and George Ezra’s Shotgun.

Ms Hoskins’ life was cut tragically short on December 30 when her husband, fellow professional athlete Rohan Dennis, allegedly struck her with a luxury car outside their $2.45m home in Adelaide.

Her funeral is being held in Perth, where the 32-year-old grew up, at Fremantle Cemetery.

A memorial service will also be held in Adelaide after the Tour Down Under cycling event.

Supplied Editorial The Australia Olympic Team tribute post for Melissa Hoskins .
 Picture: Instagram

Supplied Editorial The Australia Olympic Team tribute post for Melissa Hoskins . Picture: Instagram

Supplied Editorial Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins from their social media accounts .

Order of service for the funeral of Melissa Dennis in Perth . Picture: NCA NewsWire

Order of service for the funeral of Melissa Dennis in Perth . Picture: NCA NewsWire

Order of service for the funeral of Melissa Dennis in Perth . Picture: NCA NewsWire

Order of service for the funeral of Melissa Dennis in Perth . Picture: NCA NewsWire

Mr Dennis, a former world champion cyclist and Olympian, has been charged with causing his wife’s death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and endangering life.

The 33-year-old, who is yet to enter pleas to the charges, is on bail and is scheduled to face Adelaide Magistrates Court on March 13.

Police have not revealed details of Ms Hoskins’ death, but it has been reported she allegedly jumped onto the bonnet of the $70,000 dark grey 2022 Volkswagen Amarok Highline V6 and grabbed at a door handle before the vehicle drove off and she fell to the ground.

It is further alleged she may have been dragged along by the vehicle, with the incident captured on a neighbour’s security camera.

Supplied Editorial Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins from their social media accounts .

Supplied Editorial Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins from their social media accounts .

Supplied Editorial Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins from their social media accounts .

Supplied Editorial Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins from their social media accounts .

Ms Hoskins and Mr Dennis became trackside sweethearts during the London Olympics in 2012.

They married in February 2018 and split their time between Girona in Spain, La Massana in Andorra and Adelaide.

Their son was born in 2018, followed by a daughter in 2021.

The young family recently settled into their Adelaide colonial mansion, which they had purchased in 2019 but rented out for a few years.

Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis

TRIBUTES

Ms Hoskins has already been remembered by her parents, Peter and Amanda, and sister, Jess, as a ‘freewheeling spirit’ and ‘a giver with a big heart, patience and zest for life’.

In a statement, the family said they were ‘utterly devastated and still struggling to process what has happened’, acknowledging that her children had also lost their beloved mother.

‘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,’ they said.

‘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.’

Melissa Hoskins with her father Peter. Picture: Supplied

Melissa Hoskins with her father Peter. Picture: Supplied

Melissa Hoskins with her mother Amanda. Picture: Supplied

Melissa Hoskins with her mother Amanda. Picture: Supplied

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Raised in Kalamunda, in the Perth Hills, Ms Hoskins was a student at Walliston Primary School, then Carmel Adventist College.

She started competitive cycling aged 16, specialising in gruelling endurance events.

Later, Ms Hoskins enrolled but did not complete a Bachelor of Sports Science at Murdoch University from 2010 to 2012 and was a member of the Elite Athlete Program.

She also completed one unit at Curtin University.

Melissa Hoskins (right) with her sister Jessica Locke. Picture: Supplied

Melissa Hoskins (right) with her sister Jessica Locke. Picture: Supplied

CYCLING CAREER

Ms Hoskins was part of Australia’s ride-off for bronze in London but the three-rider squad was defeated by the US.

Four years later, Australia’s four-rider team was expected to challenge Great Britain for gold at the Rio Olympics.

But she suffered an injury and although she rode the first two rounds, she sat out the final where the team finished in fifth place.

Ms Hoskins won gold in the women’s team pursuit at the 2015 World Championships.

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