|Competitor for Great Britain|
|Gold||2011 Bled||Coxless Four|
|Gold||2009 Poznan||Coxless Four|
|Bronze||2007 Munich||Coxless Pair|
|Gold||2011 Lucerne||Coxless Four|
|Gold||2011 Munich||Coxless Four|
|Gold||2010 Bled||Coxless Four|
|Gold||2009 Lucerne||Coxless Four|
|Silver||2009 Munich||Coxless Four|
|Gold||2009 Barcelona||Coxless Four|
|Junior World Championships|
Junior Rowing Career
Matthew was born in Crewe, Cheshire, and grew up in the town of Northwich, attending Hartford High School and gaining his A Levels at St Nicholas Catholic High School. He started rowing at Northwich Rowing Club being coached by Paul Rafferty.
At his first Junior World Rowing Championships in Zagreb, Croatia in 2000 he narrowly missed out on a medal coming fourth in the double scull with Pete Wells of Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham. A few weeks earlier they had lost out in the final of the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, to the Danish double of Kalizan and Samuelsen.
In 2001 he was the first ever junior British oarsman to win the Gold Medal in the single sculls event in the Junior World Rowing Championships in Duisburg, Germany in 2001. Later that year, he broke the British Indoor Rowing record for 2,000m in the J18 category, posting a time of 5 minutes and 59 seconds.
Senior Rowing Career
Matthew raced at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the Men's Heavyweight Double Sculls with Matthew Wells, and missed out by 0.06 seconds on a place in Final A. They won Final B, ranking them 7th overall.
In the 2007 season he won two World Cup Gold Medals, in a pair with Colin Smith at Linz, and in an eight at Amsterdam, before winning the Bronze Medal in the pair at the World Championships in Munich. He won the bronze medal at the 2007 British Indoor Rowing Championships in the Men's Heavyweight category.
In the Olympic year of 2008 he was selected to compete in the Men's Eight in Beijing. In the run-up to the games, he won silver at the Munich World Cup event, bronze in Lucerne, and gold in Poznan. At the Beijing Olympics he rowed in the 7 seat of the Men's Eight, qualifying for the final in the fastest time of either heat, 1.8 seconds ahead of the pre-games favourites, Canada. In the final, despite a late charge from Great Britain, the eight was edged out by Canada, and Matthew could only take home a Silver Medal.
- 2012 London - BRONZE, Eight, (2)
- 2008 Beijing – SILVER, Eight (7)
- 2004 Athens – 7th, Double (stroke)
- 2011 Bled - Gold, Mens Four
- 2010 Lake Karapiro - 4th, Mens Four
- 2009 Poznan - Gold, Mens Four
- 2007 Munich – Bronze, Coxless Pair (stroke)
- 2008 Poznan – Gold, Eight (7)
- 2008 Lucerne – Bronze, Eight (3)
- 2008 Munich – Silver, Eight (3)
- 2007 Amsterdam – Gold, Eight (7)
- 2007 Linz – Gold, Coxless Pair (stroke)
Junior World Championships
- 2001 Duisburg – Gold, Single Scull
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
- 2011 6th, Coxless Pair