Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE

Four time Olympic Gold Medallist Rower

Matthew Pinsent, 4-time Olympic gold medallist, 10-time world championship winning rower, turned TV presented and reporter.

Matthew began rowing when her was President of the Oxford Rowing Club during his time at University. He took part in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in 1990 and 1991, and lead Oxford to Victory, beating Cambridge by substantial distances.
In 1992, at the age of only 21, Matthew had his first taste of Olympic success, when in a Coxless Pair with partner Sir Steve Redgrave, he won the Gold Medal at the Barcelona Olympics. Prior to that Olympic win he and Redgrave had enjoyed an unbeaten International season and it was obvious that Matthew was becoming one of the world’s greatest oarsmen. This was the beginning of a long partnership, as the outstanding pair took winnings at seven World Championships, and gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.
In August 2000, the month prior to winning gold in Sydney, he took part in a 3-part BBC documentary entitled ‘Gold Fever’. This followed the coxless four team made up of Redgrave, James Cracknell and Tim Foster, in the years leading up to the Olympics, including video diaries recording the highs and lows in the quest for what would be Pinsent’s third consecutive gold.
After Sydney, Matthew formed a seemingly invincible Coxless Pair partnership with James Cracknell. Undefeated throughout 2001, they went on to complete a unique feat in the history of rowing, by winning the Coxless Pair at the World Championships in Lucerne, a mere two hours after winning the Coxed Pairs. In the 2001 World Championships in Seville they defended their Coxless Pairs title, beating an experienced Australian crew who had beaten them in Lucerne earlier in the year and breaking the world record by 4 seconds in the process.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Pinsent’s fourth Olympic Games, Pinsent stroked the boat, with Cracknell, Ed Coode and Steve Williams. In a close race with world champions Canada, they again won gold.
Pinsent was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission in 2001, replacing Jan Železný.

Pinsent announced his retirement from rowing in 2004 and was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year’s Honours list later that year. He had already been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and was raised to Commander in. He was awarded the coveted ‘Thomas Keller Medal’ by the International Rowing Federation in 2005.
Since retiring from rowing, Pinsent has worked for the BBC as a sports bulletin presenter and reporter. His assignments have included interviewing Dwain Chambers for Inside Sport, where Chambers confessed to taking drugs, and visiting gymnastics training centre in China where he found evidence of children being beaten, leading to IOC President Jacques Rogge to order an inquiry.
Pinsent has maintained his ties to rowing as an umpire or commentator of key events on the rowing calendar such as the Olympics, Henley Royal Regatta and The Boat Races. He umpired his first “Blue Boat” race in 2013.

In June 2012, Pinsent rowed on the Gloriana as part of the royal pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. He appeared again on the Gloriana the following month, bearing the Olympic torch as it crossed the river Thames.

Pinsent directed “Unbelievable – The Chad Le Clos Story”, a documentary following swimmer Chad Le Clos and his family for 18 months in the run up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, which was first broadcast in July 2016. Matthew is an outstanding motivational speaker and after dinner speaker. He has appeared at corporate events for some of the most prestigious UK & International companies such as Proctor & Gamble, IBM, British Telecom, Natwest, Camelot and Lombard.

TESTIMONIAL

‘Matthew’s speech was excellent and extremely motivational. He commanded the stage and captivated the audience. I would like to use him for every conference’.
IBM

‘On behalf of the Management Team at SCA, I would like to thank you for attending our annual conference. Your excellent presentation was most appropriate for our theme of Delivering Excellence. You told us most clearly, the many aspects to doing just that when you achieved your goals. Our delegates are still talking about your presentation’.
SCA UK

‘Our thanks for your professional and inspirational contribution to our conference, the combination of your team and individual achievements was entirely appropriate and hit all the right notes’.
Alliance & Leicester

‘Matthew was excellent, he really helped get across the team spirit to achieve success which the client was very happy about. He chatted and spent a great deal of time with the guests. I would certainly recommend him to anyone’.
Royal Bank of Scotland

‘All our senior Chief Executives had great things to say about Matthew, he was a fantastic speaker’.
NatWest

‘Thank you so much for speaking at our annual conference, it was a privilege to hear you speak. The delegates were inspired and captured listening to you. You deserved the standing ovation, congratulations.’
Consignia

‘A big ‘Thank you’ to Matthew for yesterday, it was great to meet him. The whole day went well and Matthew’s talk was fantastic! I hope he enjoyed himself too and I hope I have the opportunity to work with him again soon.’
Procter & Gamble

‘Many thanks for attending our Business Excellence Awards, you proved to be an extremely popular guest speaker’.
Cambridge Newspapers

‘Manpower was delighted to have Matthew present at the CIPD conference last year. He helped to attract a great deal of attention to our stand and went out of his way to talk to both prospective and existing clients thereby giving a good impression on behalf of Manpower. We would like to thank Matthew for his support and professionalism on the day.’
ManPower

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