Teen taken to hospital with javelin in his leg

A Sunshine Coast teenager had his leg pierced by a javelin.
A Sunshine Coast teenager had his leg pierced by a javelin.

A JUNIOR athlete was taken to hospital late yesterday with a javelin imbedded in his thigh.

The javelin pierced the back of the 16-year-old's left leg.

The teenager last night was in hospital in a stable condition.

Two fire trucks rushed to the scene to cut the protruding ends of the javelin, before the male was taken to Nambour General Hospital for further treatment.

It is unknown exactly how the accident occurred. However, a witness said that the javelin had not been thrown. He did not wish to elaborate.

The youngster seemed relaxed as he was comforted by his mother and ambulance officers, while they all waited for the firefighters to arrive with their specialist cutting gear.

About 130 junior athletes and their parents were involved in track and field training events at the University of the Sunshine Coast, when the incident happened just after 5pm.

A University of the Sunshine Coast spokesman said the training groups at the oval were not affiliated formally with the University of the Sunshine Coast - it is one of the clubs that use the university's various sporting facilities.

"The university's security officers were called to assist at the scene and will prepare a report about what happened for the university's managers," he said.

There is no suggestion that the sporting facilities or sporting groups were at fault.

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