Hauser beats flu to land silver
THOSE who know Matt Hauser well enough would know it would take more than a "head cold" to keep this Hervey Bay youngster from racing.
Hauser shook off the flu and found the energy to secure a silver medal at the 2013 Australian Cross Country School Championships at Symmons Plains, Launceston.
Rain prior to the championship made racing trickier with Hauser (pictured) taming the mud-ridden 4km course in 13min 34sec, just 15 seconds behind 15 years boys champion, Western Australian Ben Chamberlain.
Fellow Hervey Bay runner and Xavier student Brooke Willis finished the 6km under-20 women's race in 24.28 to finish 17th.
Hauser's latest achievement comes just a week after he broke three records (800m, 1.5km and 3km) at the Fraser District Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.
Hauser, who has used his running power to become one of the most exciting young triathletes in the country, said he was over the moon to come away with a medal.
"It is always a great feeling to win a national medal," he said.
"To come away with second after battling a head cold is a great achievement in itself.
"I suppose once you get into that race mode the thought of it (flu) goes away and you focus on the race.
"It did affect me physically not being at 100 per cent fitness, but you just have to block it out."