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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."



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