Hugo's just enjoying life with SASI family
09 Feb 2017
It has ben a whirlwind few weeks for Hugo Langsford as one of SASI's newest scholarship program athletes.
Looking to rekindle his interest in rowing and to fulfil some untapped potential, Hugo was accepted into the SASI rowing program in December.
He is a member of Adelaide University's boat club and at school (St Peter's College) had been in various rowing teams between 2010 and 2013.
He dropped out of rowing after his school days but rediscovered his passion for the sport in recent years.
"I decided to have a serious go at the sport and applied to SASI in December for a scholarship,'' he said.
"I was lucky to meet the criteria and since being in the program I have trained really hard.
"When I had that time off I really missed it and I decided to take it a bit more seriously.
"My goal is to make the under-23 national team when the nationals are held in April.
"Training has been really good and tough, a lot of long distance work. I went to a camp at Mannum recently and am doing a lot of high-range work and work on the water, on the bike and in the gym. The SASI program has been terrific and it is great working with coaches like Jason (Lane).''
Hugo will compete at the New South Wales State Championships in February at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC). He expects to be rowing in single and doubles' events over 2000m.
Like many of the athletes he will use the event to finetune for the nationals about six weeks later.
Hugo's training consists of at least three or four hours per day at West Lakes, the SASI gym and personal training.
Outside of his sport he doesn't have a lot of time for other activities but is studying economics and art at Adelaide University. He also helps coach rowing teams at St Peter's College.
Hugo says the chance to live his dream, provided by the SASI program, drives him on.
"It is so good to be on the water and being active,'' he said. "It keeps you organised and alert. The mental aspect helps with study - it gives you good structure to your day.''