Matthew is a four times Olympic gold medallist and one of Great Britain’s most successful and highest profile athletes of all time.
During his rowing career, he won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Steve Redgrave.
Sir Matthew Matthew Pinsent began his international career at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 1987. He raced again in 1988, winning the junior coxless pairs with Tim Foster.
In 2000 he won Olympic gold as part of a formidable coxless four with Redgrave, James Cracknell and Tim Foster. 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 in the years leading up to the Olympics.
Pinsent had at one time the largest lung capacity recorded for a sportsman at 8.5 litres
Pinsent was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletics Commission in 2001.
In 2004, Pinsent published a biography entitled A Lifetime In Race.
Pinsent announced his retirement from rowing on 30 November 2004, and was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year’s Honours list announced on 31 December 2004. He had already been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1993, raised to Commander in 2001. He was awarded the 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.
Matthew is an outstanding motivational and after dinner speaker. He was awarded the MBE in 1993, the CBE in 2001 and in the 2005 New Year’s Honours list he was awarded a knighthood.