Matthew Pinsent CBE

Matthew Pinsent CBE

Matthew Pinsent CBE (1989, Geography) Olympic Rower

Matthew was born in Holt, Norfolk, in 1970. He began rowing at Eton College, before coming up to study Geography at St Catherine’s, where he competed in three Boat Races, winning in 1990 and 1991 and being defeated in 1993 when he was Boat Club President.

His student days rowing at St Catherine’s acted as a successful Launchpad for an international career spanning 17 years, including 10 world championships gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave.

Matthew was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission in 2001, a post he retained until 2004.

Having announced his retirement from rowing in November 2004, Matthew was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year's Honours list announced on 31 December 2004. He had already been appointed an MBE in 1993 and raised to a CBE in 2001. He was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal, the highest honour in rowing, by the International Rowing Federation in 2005.

Since retiring from rowing, Pinsent has worked for the BBC as a sports bulletin presenter and reporter and he was part of the BBC commentary team at the London 2012 Olympics.

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