A BOY was taken to hospital with part of his bike impaled in his leg after a BMX track stunt went wrong at a Doncaster school.
The 13-year-old was given painkillers before firefighters carefully cut the brake lever from the handlebar of his cycle.
It is understood the metal brake lever had penetrated the teenager’s right thigh during the crash at Balby Carr School, during a ‘personal challenge’ event.
A crew from Edlington fire station was called to the Weston Road school and, by the time they arrived, paramedics had already administered pain relief to the boy’s leg.
It was decided not to make any attempt to remove the brake part from his limb but to leave it in so surgeons at Doncaster Royal Infirmary could remove it.
Headteacher Martin Craig confirmed: “While participating in a cycling activity during our personal challenge week a student was injured in an accident on Thursday morning.
“We have been in contact with the parents and they have informed the school that the young man was back at home on Thursday evening and we were pleased to hear that he is recuperating well.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the emergency services who were superb at the scene and the colleagues who supported the young man while awaiting the speedy arrival of the emergency services.”
Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College is the only school in Doncaster with its own purpose-built BMX track, regarded as one of the best in the north of England. Staff from the PE department encourage students to take up one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, which will be an event at this year’s Olympic Games.
PE lessons can be devoted to riders honing their stunt skills and the track hosts the Balby BMX Club run by qualified coaches who take sessions after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last year the school accessed Department for Education funding for sports facilities with the aim of bringing new levels of challenge and inspiration to their PE curriculum.
Balby Carr decided to build a national-standard BMX track on its site in order to provide students with the experience of an exciting and challenging alternative sport.
The project aims were to develop BMX opportunities for novice riders and to support talented riders through the Balby Carr Academy of Sport, a post-16 programme for elite performers.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters cut the brake handle to enable ambulance crews to continue to administer treatment.”