Cal­lum salutes hos­pi­tal

Paisley Daily Express - - The Neil Deal - Ath­let­ics

Cal­lum Hawkins gave pho­tog­ra­phers the big thumbs-up af­ter be­ing re­leased from hos­pi­tal on the Gold Coast.

The Kil­barchan AAC run­ner, 25, col­lapsed with ex­haus­tion just a mile from the fin­ish line as he led the Com­mon­wealth Games marathon.

Or­gan­is­ers were slammed for a lack of sup­port for the Elder­slie man af­ter it took four min­utes for paramedics to ar­rive and help the clearly suf­fer­ing ath­lete.

Hawkins was rushed to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment with coach and fa­ther Robert Hawkins was by his side. He has since been dis­charged as the Scot­land side pre­pares to re­turn home fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Games on Sun­day.

Cal­lum said:“I’d like to say a huge thanks to all the med­i­cal staff at Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal for their care over the last 24 hours.”

ATeam Scot­land spokesman added:“We are pleased to con­firm Cal­lum has been dis­charged from Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal to­day and has been re­united with his team­mates in the Com­mon­wealth Games Vil­lage, ahead of the team’s re­turn to the UK.

“We would like to thank sup­port­ers and well-wish­ers for their kind mes­sages .”

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