Hervey Bay Triathlon Club's champion athlete, Matthew Hauser.
Hervey Bay Triathlon Club's champion athlete, Matthew Hauser. Valerie Horton

Hauser nominated for AIS Sport Performance award

A BLOCKBUSTER year on the international stage earned triathlete Matthew Hauser a nomination for a high performance award.

The Hervey Bay product is one of four Emerging Athlete of the Year finalists at the 2017 AIS Sport Performance Awards.

Should Hauser win, it will add another accolade to a dream year.

Hauser, who now trains under Dan Atkins at the Gold Coast, was part of the history-making mixed relay team who triumphed at a World Triathlon Series event in Hamburg, Germany, in July.

The team of Hauser, Charlotte McShane, Ashleigh Gentle and Tasmanian Jake Birtwhistle became the first Australian team to win a world mixed relay gold medal.

He then blitzed the junior men's field at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final to become the Junior World Champion in Rotterdam, Netherlands in September.

Hauser, 19, achieved one of his dreams earlier this month when he was named in Australia's 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team.

Snowboarder Tess Coady, cyclist Kelland O'Brien and swimmer Ariarne Titmus are the other finalists. The winner will be announced on December 12.



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