Sport

Collarbone injury a cruel blow for Matt

Hervey Bay's Matt Hauser taking part in the National Triathlon Academy Gold Coast Training Camp at the weekend.
Hervey Bay's Matt Hauser taking part in the National Triathlon Academy Gold Coast Training Camp at the weekend. Triathlon Australia

MATTHEW Hauser's dream of representing Australia at the Youth Olympic Games has been shattered having been ruled out through a broken collarbone.

The heartbreaking moment happened when the Hervey Bay teen crashed his bicycle while taking part in the National Triathlon Academy Training Camp on the Gold Coast - his major final hitout before next month's YOG in Nanjing, China.

Riding around a corner, the 16 year old lost control of his bike and landed heavily on his right side, fracturing his right clavicle in four places.

Hunched in pain, the 2014 Oceania Triathlon Union junior champion knew straight away the injury was serious.

Hauser was taken to the Brisbane Private Hospital where he had surgery to repair the broken collarbone by renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Phillip Duke, on Monday.

Hauser's father Darren confirmed the injury would keep him out of the YOG.

"It's very disappointing obviously for Matthew now that he is going to miss this opportunity in China," he said.

"But the main thing is that he gets himself right and we will do everything we can to make sure that will be the case."

Hauser, who returned to Hervey Bay yesterday, was in good spirits as he turns his focus to rehabilitation with his arm to be in a sling for about six weeks.

Messages of support for the prodigious talent have continued to flood in as the Xavier Catholic College student reassesses his immediate plans.

"He has lots of great support and has received some prayers and well wishes which he is very thankful for," Darren said.

"All that positive support around him I'm sure will him out a lot."

Hauser this year has made some giant strides forward to underline his status as a potential future Olympian.

As well winning the Oceania YOG qualifying race in January to be the only boy selected for the YOG, Hauser claimed the final round of the 2013-2014 Scody Australian Junior Triathlon Series and became only the second person to win three straight individual gold medals at the national school triathlon championships, equalling two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson.

Hauser is confident the injury will not hinder his chances of making the Australian team for next year's ITU World Junior Championships in Chicago.

"He has got a good positive outlook despite being disappointed," Darren said.

"He just wants to get himself better so he can look forward to the upcoming junior series, which starts again in December, and hopefully be able to qualify for the world championships."




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

One in three young women smoke during pregnancy

Up to 80% of adult smokers want to quit but ongoing support is vital to butt out for good.

One third of young mothers are still smoking during pregnancy

FIRE TRAGEDY: Funds for Alexis' family at $11,500 and rising

Alexis Dean passed away in hospital in the early hours of this morning.

12-year-old Gympie girl passed away this morning

Rudd sits down to discuss the sports precinct details

CAPACITY: Sport Plus Project committee chairman Shaun Rudd discusses the Fraser Coast sports precinct.

Fraser Coast sports precinct - all you need to know

Latest deals and offers

Hervey Bay Midwifery Group Practise

Hervey Bay Midwifery Group Practise celebrate their second birthday with the...

Wildlife Qld Hervey Bay

Wildlife Queensland Hervey Bay Branch patron Joan Coutts was honoured with a tree...

Hervey Bay Whale Watching 2016

Hervey Bay celebrates its 30th year of whale watching as the 2016 season begins.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward