Hauser a three-time Oceania champ and two-time AJTS winner
ONE perfect day in Gisborne is all Matt Hauser needed to reinforce his position as one of Australia's most exciting junior triathletes.
The Hervey Bay athlete smashed nearest competitor New Zealander Daniel Hoy by 20 seconds to claim his third consecutive Oceania Championship, and seal his second SCODY Australian Junior Triathlon Series title.
"It's definitely more of a relief," Hauser said. "In the past I haven't been able to string a whole season together but I think I proved that I'm able to do so in the race and when it counts as well."
Hauser started the series with victory in Canberra but a snapped chain at Robina's second stage on January 9 left him about 10 points behind the leader.
"I definitely believed I could come back. I could see my form in training and was in a good place mentally and physically," he said. "I didn't let it affect me at all; it was just a matter of refocusing and getting back to work."
He returned to the top after victory at Devonport's
double-points round, which doubled as the Australian Junior Championship race, and needed only a consistent performance to seal his second AJTS title.
"I felt I had a solid race," he said.
"The swim was up there as it has been lately, bike was comfortable and I managed to find one extra gear to hold off the other competitors.
"I thought it was a good reflection on the hard work put into training throughout the season by myself, (current coach) Dan Atkins and my former coach BrianHarrington."
Hauser has always worked hard to reach the top.
He was the youngest-ever athlete to win the AJTS crown in 2014. Then 15, Hauser overcame a virus to beat his nearest rival by 25 seconds in the typically tough 16- to 19-year-old competition.
Months later a broken collarbone robbed Hauser of the opportunity to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, but the gutsy teenager used the setback as a motivator for future success.
He sealed a second OTU Oceania junior crown in 2015 and claimed his victory in the elite division of the Queensland Tri Series at Caloundra.
A victory in Hauser's first international triathlon - the Fiji OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup in June - only boosted his confidence for the World Championships in Edmonton.
He finished fifth at the Canadian championships just 20 seconds behind BrazilianManoel Messias.
Hauser will take advantage of his short break from competition by returning to Hervey Bay to spend time with family and friends, and mentally refresh ahead of the busy lead-up to September's World Championships.
He will return to the Gold Coast to continue training under Atkins, and an Asian tour appears to be on the cards ahead of the Cozumel, Mexico competition.
"I'm not sure yet, I haven't looked too much further than the break," he said.
"It's something that Dan and I will sit down and talk about but as a squad we're looking at touring Asia and doing a couple of races over there, just in order to acclimatise to the hot weather that we'll more than likely be facing over in Mexico for the World Championships."