World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Matthew Pinsent

Article Id: WHEBN0000219303
Reproduction Date:

Title: Matthew Pinsent  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Women's Boat Race 2012, Rowing at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless four, List of Olympic medalists in rowing (men), Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Great Britain at the 2000 Summer Olympics
Collection: 1970 Births, Alumni of St Catherine's College, Oxford, Bbc Sports Presenters and Reporters, Commanders of the Order of the British Empire, English Olympic Medallists, English Rowers, English Television Presenters, International Olympic Committee Members, Knights Bachelor, Living People, Male Rowers, Members of Leander Club, Olympic Gold Medallists for Great Britain, Olympic Medalists in Rowing, Olympic Rowers of Great Britain, Oxford University Boat Club Rowers, People Educated at Aysgarth School, People Educated at Eton College, People from Holt, Norfolk, Rowers at the 1992 Summer Olympics, Rowers at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Rowers at the 2000 Summer Olympics, Rowers at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Sports Players and Officials Awarded Knighthoods, Sportspeople from Yorkshire, Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Matthew Pinsent

Sir Matthew Pinsent
Personal information
Birth name Matthew Clive Pinsent
Nationality British
Born (1970-10-10) 10 October 1970
Holt, Norfolk, England, UK
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) (2004)
Weight 17 st (110 kg) (2004)
Country United Kingdom
Sport Men's rowing
Event(s) Coxless pair, coxless four
College team Oxford University Boat Club
Club Leander Club
Coached by Jürgen Gröbler
Retired 2004

Sir Matthew Clive Pinsent, CBE (; born 10 October 1970) is an English rower and broadcaster. During his rowing career, he won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave.

Since retiring, he has worked as a sports broadcaster with the BBC.


  • Background 1
  • Rowing 2
    • Student rower 2.1
    • International career 2.2
    • Achievements 2.3
      • Olympic Games 2.3.1
      • World Championships 2.3.2
      • Junior World Championships 2.3.3
  • Career after rowing 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Styles and honours 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Pinsent was born in Holt, Norfolk, the son of Reverend Ewen Macpherson Pinsent, curate of St Andrew's parish church.

His grandfather Clive Pinsent was a younger son of Sir Richard Pinsent, 1st Baronet, President of

  • Official website
  • Matthew Pinsent at RowingOne

External links

  1. ^ Sir Matthew Pinsent
  2. ^ "Matthew Pinsent".  
  3. ^ "Pinsent loses IOC role".  
  4. ^ "Pinsent 'humbled' by knighthood".  
  5. ^ Harris, Nick (15 August 2006). "Rowing: Reed blows away competition with breathtaking ability".  
  6. ^ "Pinsent calls time on rowing career".  
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57509. p. 1. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53153. p. 16. 30 December 1992. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56070. p. 7. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Pinsent to Receive Rowing's Top Honour".  
  11. ^ Mackay, Duncan (9 March 2008). "Coming Clean".  
  12. ^ Pinsent, Matthew (28 May 2007). "Pinsent on Chambers".  
  13. ^ Hart, Simon (4 December 2005). "Olympics: Rogge backs Beijing over human rights".  
  14. ^ Rayner, Gordon (17 May 2012). "Diamond Jubilee: Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent to lead River Pageant in royal rowbarge Gloriana". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Demetra Pinsent
  17. ^ Oxford Thinking
  18. ^


  • Pinsent, Matthew (2 September 2004). A Lifetime in a Race.  


  • Mr Matthew Pinsent (1970–1992)
  • Mr Matthew Pinsent, MBE (1993–2000)
  • Mr Matthew Pinsent, CBE (2001–2004)
  • Sir Matthew Pinsent, CBE (2005—)

Styles and honours

They have three children: twin boys, Jonah and Lucas (born 2006) and a daughter, Eve (born 2008).[18]

Pinsent is married to Demetra Koutsoukos, a businesswoman and former partner at McKinsey & Co.[16] The couple met at Oxford, where Demetra was a Rhodes Scholar, from Harvard.[17]

Personal life

In June 2012, Pinsent rowed on the Gloriana as part of the royal pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.[14] He appeared again on the Gloriana the following month, bearing the olympic torch as it crossed the river Thames.[15]

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,[11][12] 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.[13] He was part of the BBC commentary team at the London 2012 Olympics.

He had already been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1993,[8] raised to Commander in 2001.[9] He was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal by the International Rowing Federation in 2005.[10]

Pinsent announced his retirement from rowing on 30 November 2004,[6] and was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year's Honours list announced on 31 December 2004.[7]

Career after rowing

  • 1988 – Gold, Coxless Pair (with Tim Foster)
  • 1987 – 4th, Eight

Junior World Championships

  • 2003 – 4th, Coxless Pair (with James Cracknell)
  • 2002 – Gold, Coxless Pair (with James Cracknell)
  • 2001 – Gold, Coxless Pair (with James Cracknell)
  • 2001 – Gold, Coxed Pair (with James Cracknell, Neil Chugani)
  • 1999 – Gold, Coxless Four (with James Cracknell, Ed Coode, Steve Redgrave)
  • 1998 – Gold, Coxless Four (with James Cracknell, Tim Foster, Steve Redgrave)
  • 1997 – Gold, Coxless Four (with James Cracknell, Tim Foster, Steve Redgrave)
  • 1995 – Gold, Coxless Pair (with Steve Redgrave)
  • 1994 – Gold, Coxless Pair (with Steve Redgrave)
  • 1993 – Gold, Coxless Pair (with Steve Redgrave)
  • 1991 – Gold, Coxless Pair (with Steve Redgrave)
  • 1990 – Bronze, Coxless Pair (with Steve Redgrave)
  • 1989 – Bronze, Coxed Four (with Terry Dillon, Steve Turner, Gavin Stewart, Vaughan Thomas)

World Championships

Olympic Games


The 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m), 17 stone (110 kg)[4] Pinsent had at one time the largest lung capacity recorded for a sportsman at 8.5 litres. This has since been surpassed by fellow rower Peter Reed who has been measured at 11.68 litres.[5]

Pinsent was elected to the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission in 2001, replacing Jan Železný. In 2004, at the Athens Olympics, Pinsent failed to secure re-election to the post, being replaced by Železný.[3]

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 and Cracknell then formed a men's coxless pair and won the coxless and coxed pairs (with Neil Chugani coxing) in the 2001 World Championships, and the coxless pair in 2002. However, after a disappointing 2003 season that saw Pinsent's first World Championships defeat since 1990, he and Cracknell moved to the men's coxless four for 2004.

In 2000 he won Olympic gold again as part of a 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, including video diaries recording the highs and lows in the quest for what would be Pinsent's third consecutive gold.

In 1990, while still at Oxford, he joined Steve Redgrave in the coxless pair at the World Rowing Championships – winning bronze. This was the beginning of a long partnership, and the pair won at the World Championships in 1991, and at the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996.

International career

After finishing school, Pinsent studied Geography at St Catherine's College, Oxford. While a student, he competed in three Boat Races, winning in 1990 and 1991 but unsuccessful in 1993 (when he was Boat Club President), having taken a year out in 1992 in order to concentrate on preparing for the Barcelona Olympics.

Matthew Pinsent attended Aysgarth School in North Yorkshire before he began rowing at Eton College. He 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.

Student rower



This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.