CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: Aaron Royle takes out last year’s Noosa Triathlon.
CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: Aaron Royle takes out last year’s Noosa Triathlon. John Mccutcheon

Victory in Noosa Triathlon delivers Royle self-belief

AUSTRALIAN and Oceania championship winner, Aaron Royle, is striving for a podium finish in today's Mooloolaba Triathlon in a field boasting five of the top 10 triathletes in the world.

Newcastle's Royle will come up against Mario Espola (3), Richard Murray (5), Jaos Silva (6), Laurent Vidal (7) and Sven Reiderer (8).

The world ranked No.11, who won last year's Noosa Triathlon, opened his preparations for the Commonwealth Games with a gutsy victory in the Devonport Triathlon - which doubled as the Australian and Oceania Olympic- distance championship - on March 1.

Royle said it would mean everything to him to get on the podium in today's race.

"I would love to sneak on to the podium, especially being an Australian race," he said.

"The top 10 would be great, but I am trying to get the processes right and if I do that, a good outcome will take care of itself."

ROYLE has already earned a seat on the plane to travel to Scotland as a member of the Australian Commonwealth Games team.

He said wrapping up a place for the Games last December had allowed him peace of mind during the off-season.

"I was able to give myself a bit of time to really work on the things I needed to work on in the off-season," he said.

"It's not to say that I am not fit and not ready to go now, but the Commonwealth Games is a major focus for me this year."

Royle said his Noosa Triathlon win gave him the confidence he could compete with the best triathletes in the world.

"To come away with that win gave me a new outlook on how I see myself among the Australian athletes and athletes from around the world," he said.

"That made me realise I was able to mix it with these guys."

Royle said he believed today's sprint format - 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run, as opposed to the Olympic distance of 1.5km swim, 40km ride and 10km run - would work in his favour.

"I am still relatively young in triathlon terms at 24, so it probably suits me a bit better," he said.

"The sprints go for half as long, but hurt more because you are at 90% for an hour instead of being at 85% for two hours.

"I am feeling pretty good, but training only tells you so much."

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