HE'S the form ironman in the country, capturing three wins in the past three days.
Now, Matt Poole is intent on making an impression at the Australian championships after being cursed by bad luck in the summer's Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series.
Poole finished third on the elite circuit, but only after seaweed become tangled on his ski rudder during round two in Western Australia.
That 10th-placing proved a blemish on his six-round stats sheet and it arguably cost him a tilt at the title, which was won by his club mate Ali Day.
According to his coach Michael King, that's helping to drive Poole to do well at the national championships at the Gold Coast in April.
"He's upset that things didn't turn out the way he wanted in the Kellogg's, so he'll definitely be trying to get the Aussies for sure," he said.
"He's very determined to do well there."
Victory at the interstate championships on Friday and wins in rounds four and five of the Surf Ironman Qualifying Series during the weekend have enhanced the Mooloolaba competitor's claims ahead of next month's state championships on the Sunshine Coast and then April's national championships.
"He's got some confidence and things are starting to fall into place," King said.
They will do whatever it takes to ensure the 26-year-old is still in great shape for the prestigious end-of-season events.
"He's still got 10 weeks until the Aussies, so we've just got to make sure we time our run right and make sure we get everything done so we can get the best out of him there," King said.
WARY of overload, Poole will take this week off and will head to Melbourne, where he will watch some tennis at the Australian Open before gradually getting back into training.
Poole's victory at Freshwater yesterday was indicative of his determination. In a bunch sprint, he hit the line slightly ahead of Dane Farrell and Kendrick Louis.
While Poole has already requalified for next summer's elite series, his club mate Hayden White did his qualifying chances some favours by claiming sixth place. The next event is at the Gold Coast.
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