Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Gold medallist meets Sacred Heart pupils

Olympic rower Matt Langridge gave a talk to pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Henley about his rowing career.

Olympic rower Matt Langridge gave a talk to pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Henley about his rowing career.

The 32-year-old, who won bronze in the men’s eight at London 2012 and silver at the Beijing Games in 2008, explained his training routine and the benefits of an active lifestyle.

He took up rowing at age 14 and entered his first senior international race five years later.

Langridge, who lives in Deanfield Avenue, Henley, and is a member of the Leander Club, said: “I grew up near Manchester and it’s essential that you play football if you grow up anywhere in the North-West. I’d encourage everyone to try lots of different sports because you never know which one you’re going to enjoy the most.”

Langridge said he trains seven days a week with only three weeks off per year and eats about 6,000 calories a day, more than twice the average man’s intake. He passed his medals around for the youngsters to examine.

Headteacher Gez Davis said: “It was very inspiring having someone like Matt come and talk to us.”

Langridge is pictured with, left to right, Felix Gavin, Jasper Woodward-Sweet, both six, and Tomas Chamberlain and Estefania Garcia Loeb, both five.



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