Har­ring­ton praises Hauser’s com­mit­ment

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT -

BRIAN Har­ring­ton was kick­ing back on a boat off Air­lie Beach as his for­mer charge Matthew Hauser stormed to a world ti­tle.

Hauser blitzed the field to win the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Fi­nal ju­nior men’s ti­tle at Rot­ter­dam, Hol­land, on Satur­day.

Har­ring­ton, who coached Hauser be­fore the Com­mon­wealth Games hope­ful linked with Dan Atkins at the Gold Coast two years ago, said he was proud of the ath­lete’s ef­fort.

Not only was it a ma­jor achieve­ment for Hauser, but a huge mo­ment for the lo­cal triathlon scene: a Her­vey Bay Triathlon Club mem­ber is a world cham­pion.

“Now we have a ju­nior world, elite, cham­pion,” Har­ring­ton said.

“It’s huge for Her­vey Bay, but I was so happy for him. He’s been so com­mit­ted.

“We were jump­ing up and down on the boat (when Hauser crossed the fin­ish line). He did a great job in those con­di­tions.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

SUC­CESS: Her­vey Bay triath­lete Matt Hauser and for­mer coach Brian Har­ring­ton to­gether last year.

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