Matt Langridge - rowing his way to Rio!
You don’t meet many people who celebrated their 30th birthday at a garden party with the Queen, but last month that’s exactly what Matt Langridge did, along with the rest of Team GB’s rowing squad, as they attended the event to celebrate their successes of London 2012.
Starting his career 16 years ago at Northwich rowing club, Matt made the move, aged 18, to the UK’s rowing capital, Henley-on-Thames, where he set his sights on becoming an Olympic champion. He hasn’t looked back since, and with an impressive track record Matt is heading to Rio with one goal in mind… Gold!
After taking a well-earned break to travel across South-East Asia and Australia over the winter, he is now heavily back into his training regime with Team GB. Matt trains up to six hours a day, seven days a week, with only one day off a month – now that is dedication!
There is plenty to keep Matt going in the run up to the 2016 Olympics, with the main events each year consisting of three World Cups, the Henley Regatta and the World Championships (with plenty of international races in between).
Following our first encounter with Matt at the 2013 Kick-Off, where we all found out that rowing on the Wii is clearly very different from rowing on the water, Project One is delighted to be supporting him in the run up to Rio.
When News at One met Matt, he said, “It’s always fantastic to have a company supporting you and in particular Project One, as for me you are a local company. Although I’ve lived in Henley for 10 years I still see the North-West and Northwich as my home.
“I also really appreciate how Ian has been helping me in terms of career direction for life after rowing. Unfortunately rowing, as opposed to other careers, has a short life span, so I am keen to discover what I could do alongside it to set myself up for a different career when I retire.
“It’s healthy to have something else to focus on as rowing can be very intensive. Although my main goal is most definitely to win Gold in Rio, my experience has taught me that it doesn’t have to be all-consuming. If I want to improve to winning Gold in Rio, a better life balance will definitely be beneficial to me, as at the end of the day, you perform better when you are happier.”
Matt has achieved an incredible amount in the last 16 years and now, at the peak of his career, Project One is proud to be able to watch from the side-lines and support him in his journey.
We would like to wish Matt and the rest of the team well in the forthcoming World Championships in September which are taking place in South Korea… Good Luck!
What could you not live without?
Favourite holiday destination?
What would your one desert island item be?
A mattress; or a boat
What music is on your iPhone?
I’m definitely into bands, Noah and the Whale, The Killers and Oasis, obviously
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
It’s better to regret the things you’ve done than regret the things you haven’t done; it’s better to have tried things and realise it’s not for you than to always wish you had tried something, I think my Grandad told me that.
How tall are you?
01 July 2013