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Almost certainly his greatest moment was when he was part of the Team GB coxless four who won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. What was so incredibly exciting was that Pinsent and his teammates Steve Williams, Ed Coode and James Cracknell were just eight one-hundredths of a second in front of the Canadian team at the end, having been behind with 90 per cent of the race over.

Such are the fine lines between becoming a history-making Olympic champion and just being remembered as the athlete who nearly made it. As an Olympic speaker, Pinsent often discusses the fine margins between success and heartbreak in sport and what type of character it takes to get back on your feet and strive for success again. He often discusses drive and determination and the importance of teamwork and leadership. Matthew’s winning ways have been linked closely with his partner in the coxless pair Sir Steve Redgrave, also a highly popular Olympic speaker who can be booked through Champions Olympic Speakers.

The pair won gold medals in 1992 and 1996 and joined up with Tim Foster and James Cracknell four years later to win yet another gold. They also won seven World Championship golds together and then Pinsent who was given an MBE in ’93, formed another incredibly successful pairing with Cracknell, coming first in the World Championships of 2001 (twice – one coxed and one coxless) and 2002. Rowing speakers like Matthew offer a unique insight into putting everything on the line, pushing through the pain, and finishing above all else. He has some truly remarkable stories to tell about one of the most glorious – and painful sports in the world.

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"A big ‘Thank you’ to Matthew and Champions for yesterday, it was great to meet him. The whole day went well and Matthew’s talk was fantastic! I hope he enjoyed himself too and I hope I have the opportunity to work with you both again soon."

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- Procter & Gamble

SCA UK

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"On behalf of the Management Team at SCA, I would like to thank you for attending our annual 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."

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- SCA UK

Euro Car Parts

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"Couldn't be more pleased with our choice of guest speaker at our annual conference.  Matthew gave an excellent performance in front of over 200 of our Senior Managers and Board of Directors, his take on motivation and winning margins was exactly what we were looking for.  He also took the time to chat with many of our delegates over lunch and was more than happy to pose for what must have seemed like endless photos."

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- Mark, Euro Car Parks

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"Matt was brilliant. Everyone loved his session and bringing the medals along was a very nice touch. Thanks for all you help with arranging this!"

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- Bella, Succinct Communications

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"I enjoyed his goal-setting approach, amazing that 'winning' was only getting a gold medal (and not silver or bronze)"

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