MATTHEW Langridge followed a major team disappointment with personal acclaim.
The 23-year-old Olympics oarsman is currently stroke in the Great Britain eight who finished fifth in the World Cup meet at Munich.
It was a poor result by GB standards and the crew were given time off to let the dust settle, enabling Langridge, of London Road, to attend a day at the Northwich Regatta.
But if he was disheartened he was soon given a vote of confidence of the highest order.
Rowing legend Steve Redgrave, being interviewed on television, specifically mentioned Langridge as 'one to look out for'.
'It was completely unprompted and delighted everyone at Northwich, though it embarrassed Matthew, who is rather modest,' said Northwich Rowing Club official Kevin Jump.
Langridge recently outstripped the rest of the British squad on ergometer tests and is now back in training for the next World Cup fixture, in Poznan on June 17.
At the end of the month his GB crew will contest the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, and then continue preparations for the World Championships, to be in held in Britain for the first time in 20 years, at Dorney Lake in August.
But Langridge's ambitions to single scull for his country took a setback when team-mate Alex Campbell won the event in Munich and is now a likely automatic choice for the boat.
Northwich, meanwhile, will also have three crews at Henley - a coxless four and quad and a junior quad comprising the promising foursome Edward and John Ford, Kerster Reid and Ronan Lomas, who are also at Marlow Regatta at the weekend.
Northwich winners at their regatta were:
Sunday (1000m): Women's Novice Four Carol Riddell, Jane Bellis, Emma Hawton, Felicity Davies, cox Deepika Reddy; Women's Novice Eight (juniors) Claire Campbell, Jane Edwards, Ellen Preece, Sarah Peck, Rhian Wynne, Amy Fallon, Mhairi MacRitchie, Mary Hunt, cox Cliff Salt; J18 Four Nicola Plant, Sarah Patrick, Sarah Peck, Leanne Ratcliffe; Senior II Mixed Four Laura Hind, Tom Green, John Cowan, Karen Airey, cox James Morrison; Senior I Four (1500m) Phil Mallinson, Sam Cooper, John Cowan, Tom Green; Senior II Four Tom Carter, John McDonald, Matt Jump, Jamie Leighton, cox James Morrison; Senior II Double Tom Carter, John Mc-Donald; Senior III Double Matt Jump, Jamie Leighton; Senior IV single sculls Steve Parry; Veteran C Pair Steve Parry, Dave Street; J13 single Jonathan Evans.
Monday (500m): Women's Novice Eight Campbell, Edwards, Preece, Peck, Wynne, Fallon, MacRitchie, Hunt, cox Salt; Senior II Double Carter, McDonald; Senior III Double Jump, Leighton; J14 Quad Alex Rid-dell, Peter Tolson, George Clarke, Jack Palmer cox Simon Plant; J13 singles Evans.