Police probe boy basketballer’s tragic death at Warwick Stadium

Police probe boy basketballer’s tragic death at Warwick Stadium

THE Police Coronial Investigations Squad is investigating the tragic death of a nine-year-old basketballer at Warwick Stadium this morning.

He was playing in an under-11 State championships match for Lakeside Lightning when he collapsed coming off the court during a scheduled break.

He received medical support courtside before an ambulance took him to Joondalup Health Campus where he was pronounced dead.

Basketball WA chief executive Rob Clement said it was devastating news.

“We can only imagine what the family are going through,” he said.

“Our focus is to do everything we can to support our volunteers, the teams and the rest of the Lakeside community who we know will be in shock.

“Basketball WA will also be offering full counselling and support to its volunteers and the Lakeside club and any other members of our community.”

Mr Clement said “along with Lakeside lightning we really want to respect the privacy of the family and ask that the community does the same”.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” he said.

Police want people who saw the boy collapse to call them on 1800 333 000.

Lakeside Lightning director Steve Bezant’s statement:

The Lakeside community is shocked and saddened by this tragic news – we all got up this morning excited about a weekend of basketball and this is something you would never expect to happen.

Now we are dealing with the fact that one of our young players – a valued member of our community – has had his life taken in such a tragic way at such a young age.

We are all devastated right now and can only imagine what the family are going through at this moment. Our focus is to do everything we can to support them and the rest of the Lakeside community who we know will be hurting as well.

We will be offering full counselling and chaplaincy support to both the family and any other members of our community as needed.