Matt is a four time Olympian rower with a bronze, silver and gold medal to his name. He’s won international titles in every
Olympic boat class – both sculling and sweep in his 15 year career.
We discuss life after rowing, what it’s like having Jurgen Grobler as your coach and why rowing is addictive.
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Timestamps to the interview
01:00 Introduction and background in rowing
02:00 My first coach at Northwich Rowing Club – Paul Rafferty
04:00 My best 3 rowing career years – 2016. 2001 and 2011
07:00 Switching from sculling to sweep
10:00 Mistakes I learned from – getting ill and injured and learning to train consistently
16:00 Changes I noticed when maturing as an athlete
18:00 A day in the life of a GB squad rower
21:00 Having no part in decision making about my crew and training was a challenge
23:00 What is Jurgen Grobler like as a coach? “You have your fingerprint – getting the best out of your fingerprint.”
27:00 What made you move to Leander Club?
30:00 World Class Start is a talent ID scheme – I don’t entirely agree with fast-tracking athletes
37:00 Why rowing is addictive. It’s an honest sport
43:00 British Rowing is a closed system and secretive is this a disadvantage? “We never want to give our competitors a reason to train harder.”
48:00 Does retirement beckon?
50:00 Is career transition advice available within British Rowing?
52:00 What is our cycling plan?
55:00 Can rowing develop new formats for racing?
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