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Hard day’s knight: Axe blow hospitalises NSW jouster

Mitch Toohey is in a serious but stable condition after the axe blow penetrated his helmet. Photo: Facebook
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A 21-year-old man has been flown to hospital after suffering an axe blow to the head in a mock medieval battle at the Hawkesbury Showground in New South Wales.

Mitch Toohey, from Ballarat, Victoria, suffered an injury when an axe penetrated his helmet during an organised battle at the Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair.

A CareFlight rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene at about 11:00am.

Mr Toohey was flown to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

Paramedics prepare the injured jouster for a helicopter dash to hospital. Photo: ABC

Winterfest is billed as a festival that “celebrates medieval and fantasy culture” and is running across July 6 and 7.

The festival’s website says re-enactment is a “core part” of Winterfest.

“It is an educational and immersive activity where the people involved enjoy recreating aspects of historical events or periods.”