Video: Olympic motivation for young badminton ace Alex Langley at nationals
ALTHOUGH her eyes are fixed firmly on the prize on offer at the English National Badminton Championships, Grimsby's Alex Langley can't help but avert her attention to loftier targets.
The 21-year-old, pictured, is preparing for the English National Badminton Championships which get underway on Friday at Manchester's National Cycling Centre.
There she will pair with Jennifer Wallwork in the women's doubles and Matt Nottingham in the mixed doubles to battle for the right to be called the best in the country.
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But now training full-time at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes alongside the likes of Rajiv Ouseph and Chris Adcock – who represented Team GB at the London Olympic Games – Langley admits she is already thinking of qualification for Rio in 2016.
"You can think about tournaments that are coming up in a week's time," said the former Leeds Met University student. "But sometimes when you are training you have got to think about the long-term goals and you are always thinking, 'I'm going to be on that podium in four years' time', and just counting down the days.
"You have got to train not just to be the best in England, but to be the best in the world.
"Everything you do, you can't just sit back and make it adequate it's got to be better than the day before and every day has got to be better."
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