NORTHWICH Olympic hero Matthew Langridge has come back home to exclusively reveal he intends to row for Great Britain in the London 2012 Games.
The 25-year-old former Hartford High pupil, who famously won a silver medal with the men’s eight crew in Beijing, has set his sights on pulling on the famous vest again and he wants to make his home- town his training base.
Langridge, who also intends to wear the colours of Northwich RC at Henley Regatta, has moved back to the town following a highly successful seven-year spell rowing for the world-famous Leander club and he is hoping the move will lead to greater achievements on the water.
He said: “I have now decided to go for the 2012 Olympics. I would like to try and get in the single scullers boat, but of course it’s not up to me, it’s down to the selectors.
“Because we have such a big squad, you have to win your place in a boat every season so what I have to do is make sure I am in the best shape possible.
“I am looking forward to getting back into training at Northwich and hopefully put myself in the best position to get selected whether it is in the sculls or one of the other boats.”
Langridge, who also attended the sixth form at St Nicholas Catholic High, took part in last week’s Heroes Parade where Team GB’s Olympians rode in open-top buses around London streets which were packed with delighted fans celebrating the squad’s historic performance in China.
It was a certainly a day to remember for Northwich’s most successful athlete of recent times.
He said: “It was really fantastic. Obviously it’s been two months since the Games and to be honest it was a worry that people might not turn up.
“But it was a humbling experience as we had a massive turnout. We’re not really used to that sort of attention so it was one of those surreal days.”
Now back in familiar surroundings on London Road, Langridge is keen to bring some success back to Northwich and has targeted rowing for his home club at the sport’s most celebrated showcase event.
He added: “Ideally, I would really like to win the diamonds event – which is the single scullers race at Henley – for Northwich. If I could do that for the club then that would be great.”