Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Hauser off to the Games; Young Gun Recalls Moment His Commonwealth Games Dream Was Realised

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Hauser off to the Games; Young Gun Recalls Moment His Commonwealth Games Dream Was Realised

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Byline: Matthew McInerney newsregionalmedia.com.au

SUNDAY, November 12, 2017.

It is the day for which promising triathlete Matt Hauser has waited months.

The country's top triathletes know this is the day they will find out whether or not they would be part of the team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Gun Tasmanian Jake Birtwhistle already automatically qualified for a place on the team. Hauser, 19, is in a tight battle with the likes of Rio Olympians Ryan Bailie, Aaron Royle, and former world Under-23 bronze medallist Luke Willian.

Hauser has long been quizzed about his Commonwealth Games chances. Talk of his imminent Games debut is heightened by those around the sport, particularly in his home town of Hervey Bay, and those calls grow louder after a phenomenal 2017.

He won the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup in May, was part of the first Australian team to win a world mixed relay gold medal in Hamburg, Germany, in July, then won the World Junior Championship at Rotterdam, Netherlands, in September.

Strong performances at other ITU events, as well as the first Super League series, only helps his cause.

But Hauser, who relocated to the Gold Coast to train under the direction of Dan Atkins two years ago, was never convinced.

He pushed his case, particularly his love and dominance of shorter distance and relay events.

"I haven't let it bother me too much," Hauser says.

"I'm just coming back into training so I'm keen to get fit and back into it as soon as possible. I've put it out of my head. I thought that I can't do much about it now but I'll have to wait and see.

"I've been vocal about my love and passion for the relays, and my involvement with the mixed relay team who won the world champs in Hamburg probably played a big part as well. …

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