Mathew Belcher

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Mathew Belcher
Personal information
Born (1982-09-20) 20 September 1982 (age 32)
Gold Coast QLD
Residence Gold Coast QLD
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 62 kg (9 st 11 lb)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Sailing
Event(s) 470 - Men
Updated on 9 February 2014.

Mathew "Mat" Belcher (born 20 September 1982) is an Australian Olympic Gold Medalist in the 470 dinghy and currently competes with crew Will Ryan. In 2011, following World Championship and World Cup success he and Malcolm Page were shortlisted by the International Sailing Federation for the ISAF World Sailor of the Year Awards.

Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still conducting his school at The Southport School on the Gold Coast, Belcher was given the distinction of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. At that point, he decided to become an Olympian. Coach Victor Kovalenko invited him onto the Australian 470 sailing squad where he became the tuning partner for Nathan Wilmot and Page. As a helmsman, Belcher rose to the #1 ISAF ranking in 2007 but did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics as Wilmot and Page won the 470 World Championship and then went on to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

2012 Olympics games[edit]

Together with 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Malcolm Page Belcher won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 470 class.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mathew Belcher". london2012.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Staff writers (11 August 2012). "Belcher and Page win 470 sailing gold". ABC London 2012 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 11 August 2012. 

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