Newcastle triathlete Aaron Royle strives for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games qualifier in Hamburg

POSITION: Newcastle triathlete Aaron Royle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
POSITION: Newcastle triathlete Aaron Royle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be at the forefront of Aaron Royle’s mind in Germany on Saturday.

An Australian-best top-10 finish at the World Triathlon Series event in Hamburg would earn the Newcastle 27-year-old automatic qualification for next year’s Games.

Royle, who scored a spot for last year’s Olympics 12 months prior to Rio, will try and remain focused on the race at hand by enjoying one of his favourite courses.  

“Hamburg has always been one of, if not my favourite race on the circuit, so I am very much looking forward to the race,” Royle said. 

“Obviously Hamburg doubles as a selection race, but as with selection races I've done in the past I will be focusing on myself and what I need to do to put a good race together.”

Royle returned from plantar fasciitis with a 12th last month in Leeds, where he is now based for training alongside star Great British siblings Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.

Hamburg marks the second and final race to clinch the last of two automatic qualifications.

Jake Birtwhistle has the first spot for the Gold Coast in April. The third available position on the Australian team will be discretionary.

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