MATT Langridge is looking forward to pulling on the vest of Team GB for the first time this year after he was selected for this month’s World Cup.
The 25-year-old rower from Northwich is part of the men’s four that will compete at the four-day showcase event in Banyoles, Spain, starting on May 27.
The Olympic silver medallist, that has now left his training base on the River Weaver to join his new crewmates in Henley, says that the World Cup presents all competitors with their first chance to impress as the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games continues.
“It’s going to be an exciting year,” he said. “In previous years we would be competing against current world champions or training against rivals but this year everyone is trying out new crews so there’ll be plenty of new faces.
“It is first chance to stamp your mark on things but until that first heat you never really know how you are going to compare to the others.”
Team GB’s rowing director Jurgen Grobler selected Langridge in the men’s four after he endured a tough trials event in Harswinkel, Belgium, last month.
The former Hartford High School pupil had set his sights on the single scull berth and had been training on his own back in Mid Cheshire.
But inclusion in the four is not a disappointment for Langridge. He will be joined by Richard Egington, from Knutsford, and Alex Partridge who were also part of the silver medal winning eight in Beijing. He said: “It is great to be rowing in the four, especially as Britain are current Olympic champions in that event.
“I’ve enjoyed being back home and training by myself but now I am part of the crew I need to be training with them full-time and it has taken a bit of getting used to.
“But they are all good friends of mine and hopefully we can perform well. I am very pleased.”
The Spanish World Cup is the first of three ahead of the World Championships in August. The German leg sees Team GB visit Munich next month with July’s World Cup being held in Lucerne, Switzerland.