Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE

Matthew Pinsent

Sir Matthew Pinsent is a four time Olympic champion and has ten world championship golds. He is one of Britain’s most successful athletes in any sport. He is also an IOC member – elected to his post by the athletes. As an olympic speaker and sports speaker, Matthew tells anecdotal tales of competing the highest level of international competition and how to maximise success.

Matthew Pinsent began rowing at Eton College, later teaming up with Sir Steve Redgrave as a last minute substitute due to Simon Berrisford picking up an injury. The pairing went on to win a World Championship Bronze. The duo were world champions in 1991 and Olympic champions in 1992. After the Olympics Matt returned to his studies at Oxford and rowed in the Boat Race as well as winning more world titles. A wonderful after dinner speaker, Matthew has experienced sport at an elite level, allowing him to recount a plethora of anecdotal tales of his time in the limelight.

The pair retained their Olympic title in 1996 and then transferred to a four which won world titles in 1997, 98 and 99 before taking Olympic golds in 2000 and 2004. Matthew spends much of his spare time on Olympic business and working for the charity, Sparks and he is married to Demetra, a Canadian business consultant. Matthews varied career and extensive knowledge of competition makes him an ideal olympic speaker.

Since Matthews’ retirement in 2004, he has taken on a number of media and commercial sporting projects. As one of the BBC’s leading broadcasters for 2012, Matthew fronted the World Olympic Dreams series, following 26 international athletes on their journeys from around the World to the London games.

Matthews’ experience as a highly successful Olympic speaker has translated well into his extremely authoritative and accomplished after dinner and keynote speeches. His inspirational and motivational delivery of speeches can be tailored to any client’s briefs, with a focus on teamwork and communication that is an elemental part of any athlete’s life. The team dynamics of a rowing crew translate perfectly into a business environment as a sports speaker, the dedication and drive Matthew encountered is the aspiration of any firm.

Equally adept as a sports speaker or conference facilitator and event host, Matthew interacts fantastically with an audience with humour and charm whilst ensuring your event runs on time and to plan.

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