Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE

World Championship rower and Olympic gold medalist

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On Saturday 21st August 2004 at the Athens Olympic Games, Matthew Pinsent entered Olympic history. In one of the classic sporting moments of all time, he led the Great Britain coxless four to victory over the Canadian World Champions by only eight one hundredths of a second.

The GB crew of Matthew, James Cracknell, Ed Coode and Steve Williams competed for the lead with Canada throughout the 2000 metre race and with 200 to go the Canadians took the lead. However, in traditional fashion Matthew increased the stroke rate and the British boat clawed back the lead to win by inches. At the end neither crew knew who had won until the roar of the British supporters confirmed victory.

In the aftermath, Matthew Pinsent was emotionally and physically drained. After a year of highs and lows, it was the perfect response to the doubters who had wondered if Britain could win and if Jurgen Grobler had made a mistake putting Matthew and James Cracknell in the coxless four. Matthew is now one of only 5 athletes to win 4 consecutive Gold medals.

Matthew Pinsent is an outstanding motivational speaker and after dinner speaker. He has appeared at corporate events for some of our most prestigious companies such as Procter & Gamble, IBM, British Telecom, NatWest, Camelot and Lombard. Matthew also writes for The Times and works as a broadcaster for the BBC.

Matthew was awarded the MBE in 1993, the CBE in 2001 and in the 2005 New Year’s Honours list Matthew Pinsent was awarded a knighthood

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Sir Matthew Pinsent is an extremely authoritative, accomplished and sought-after motivational speaker and after dinner speaker.

His speeches are always tailored to the client's brief and audience's requirements with special emphasis on teamwork, motivation and communication.

His description of the dynamics of teamwork in a rowing crew are outstanding and mirror those that businesses aspire to achieve.

Matthew has spoken at corporate events for some of the UK’s most prestigious companies including Camelot, Marks and Spencer, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Lombard, BT, NatWest and RBS to name a few.


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


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'


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

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.


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


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


Your speech was hugely funny and motivational. It was massively inspiring to listen to you talk about the focus and drive required to be the best at what you do...In difficult economic times, your messages couldn't be more poignant and I awake this morning with renewed enthusiasm for my job.


You managed, quite effortlessly it appeared, to simultaneously entertain, inform and above all inspire, an achievement many would consider as much a challenge as 4 times winning Olympic Gold

The Boston Consulting Group

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World Championship rower and Olympic gold medalist

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