Rio bound Royle has season cut short by calf tear

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Triathlon Australia media release. Words by Ian Hanson

Rio bound triathlete Aaron Royle has been forced to cut his season short with a crippling calf tear which will see him miss this weekend’s Noosa Triathlon – robbing him of a third straight victory in one of Australia’s most popular triathlons.

The 25-year-old had already gained an automatic nomination for next year’s Rio Olympics with his top 10 finish in the Rio Test Event in August.

Following his top ten finish in this year’s World Triathlon Series, Royle was also one of a select band of athletes invited to next month’s lucrative Island House Triathlon in Nassau in the Bahamas.

But yesterday came the crushing news that he had suffered a severe tear in his left calf in the “medial junction of the gastrocnemius” forcing him out of both events.

“I’m shattered…I was actually close to career best form and had my sights set on a third Noosa title and the big money race in the Bahamas to wrap up what has been an amazing year making the Olympic team and all,” said a disappointed Royle today.

“But I guess it’s my body telling me ‘enough’s enough’ and you never know it may well be a blessing in the long run.

“It’s brought my season to a close sooner than I thought and I will now take three to four weeks off, although a little earlier than planned.

“As disappointing as it is I could not take the risk and after consulting with the Triathlon Australia medical staff I can’t afford to take any risks.”

Royle contacted the organisers of both Noosa and the Bahamas late last night and early this morning after a final “one way” discussion with his coach Jamie Turner.

“Well you’re out then – that’s it,” Turner told Royle from Canada.

Royle has revealed he actually ran the final four kilometres to his third straight Nepean Triathlon victory on Sunday, knowing he was in trouble.

He had actually pulled up sore after a track session last Tuesday and had the calf treated as muscular tightness by his physiotherapist over the next three days.

“After a 30 minute run with a few efforts I was confident that my calf was fine and that the tightness I experienced was now released with treatment and a couple of days rest,” Royle said.

“The following day was the Nepean Triathlon and I experienced no problems on the bike and the first half of the run.

“But at the six kilometre mark I felt my calf twinge and over the next four kilometres it progressively became tighter.”

Royle had an MRI scan done on the calf yesterday morning and it came back with the worst possible news – “a tear in the medial junction of the gastrocnemius.”

“I sought immediate consultation with the Triathlon Australia physiotherapist and sports physician and based on their concerns over the injury and the likelihood of damaging it further they have advised me against racing,” said Royle.

“Further damage could see me sidelined for three-to-four months so that was it – season over.

“I am extremely disappointed that I am going to have to withdraw from Noosa Triathlon and not to have the opportunity to try and defend my title for the third year running.

“And I was so excited to get the invitation to race against the best-of-the-best in the Bahamas and I have already requested an invitation for next year – it sounds so exciting – so fingers crossed.”

Royle will attend the race weekend in Noosa where he will make appearances on behalf of his sponsors.

  • Taylor Spivey

    Heal quick buddy!

  • Flicka Abram

    Booooo . That sux . See you up there .

  • Steven Newman

    Sad mate, but treat it as a blessing I say, on to Rio!

  • Jenny Pickard

    Oh no. U0001f631

  • Taylor Cecil

    Long run bro!

  • Belinda Wilsher

    Sorry to hear. Best of luck with the rehab & you’ll be stronger than ever before for Rio!!

  • Aaron Royle Triathlete

    You may need to teach me how to move in the boot!

  • Aaron Royle Triathlete

    Still heading up there you going there?

  • Aaron Thorne

    When ur standing on the podium in rio next year it won’t even cross ur mind missing out on defending ur Noosa title which the whole triathlon world know you would of won again!! Great year this year mate enjoy the time off and come back firing for 2016…

  • Neil Barnett

    Be disappointed, not shattered. Turn this in to a positive, and you will come out much stronger, bullet proof! Looking forward to a quick recovery.

  • Ros Collins

    That’s a bummer but enjoy the forced rest, those races will be happening next year Rio will only happen once so stay focused on the trophy! Speedy recovery

  • Aquaman Aus

    Great year anyway Aaron U0001f600U0001f3c6U0001f44aU0001f3fc

  • Paul Banister

    Bummer but time to rest and then repair the weakness

  • Jason Key

    Not easy but good call!!

  • Sue Gregson

    So sorry to hear the news Aaron xx

  • Endura Sports Nutrition

    Oh no! So sad to hear you’ve had to pull out when in such top form. Best of luck with the recovery!

  • Benjamin King

    Thumbs down for this status! Not good to hear mate, hope the recovery is speedy.

  • Smarter Tri Athlete

    I think posts like this are fab who agrees?

  • Taylor Cecil

    Just seen your reply bro! Yeah heading up! Let’s catch up while we are there.. I think I still might have your number! Yew

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