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The GB Rowing Team is the high performance arm of British Rowing. Rowing is the nation’s most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
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Rower // Men's Squad Date of Birth: 11th Jul 1990 (32 years old)
Club: Oxford Brookes University Boat Club Height: 194.00 Hometown: Shepperton
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Mat Tarrant is a double World Champion who was named as one of two reserves for the openweight men's squad at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Tarrant has progressed through the ranks of the GB Rowing Team, winning a host of medals at junior and U23 level as well at the FISU World University Championships.
In 2017, Tarrant won two golds and a silver in the World Cup series of regattas in the men’s four, before going on to win a bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton behind Australia and Italy.
Mat won World Championship gold in 2014 and 2015, having also won medals at Junior and U23 level
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World Champion Men's Coxed Pair
World Champion Men's Eight
European Bronze Medallist Men's Eight
World U23 Champion Men's Pair
World U23 Bronze Medallist Men's Eight
World University Champion Men's Eight
World Junior Silver Medallist Men's Coxed Four
Mat was selected to partner Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell in one of two GB men’s pairs for the 2016 season and they got off to a strong start, winning an impressive gold at the Varese World Cup. They then won bronze at the Lucerne World Cup, only being denied silver by the Netherlands in a photo-finish. Another close race at the Poznan World Cup saw Mat and Nathaniel finish fourth, just behind fellow Brits Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes. Mat and Nathaniel were selected as spares for the heavyweight men’s sweep squad at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Mat finished 2015 by winning World Championship gold with Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell and cox Henry Fieldman, finishing six seconds clear of the field in the men’s coxed pair. He had been a spare for the European Championships and joined Callum McBrierty in the men’s pair at the World Cup in Varese, finishing sixth. They were joined by Henry in the coxed pair for the Lucerne World Cup, recording a convincing victory.
Mat had started the Olympiad in the men’s four with Nathaniel, Alan Sinclair and Scott Durant. They finished fourth at the World Cup in Sydney before winning silver at Eton Dorney. After placing tenth at the Lucerne World Cup, the four finished fifth overall at the World Championships in Chungju.
The 2014 season saw Mat race with the eight throughout, starting with a bronze medal at the European Championships in Belgrade. He also won World Cup silver in Aiguebelette and bronze in Lucerne before claiming his first World Championships gold as GB recorded a convincing victory in Amsterdam to retain their title.
Mat won gold in both the eight and four at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, as well as silver in the pair, before making his World U23 Championships bow with an 11th-placed finish in the men’s four in Racice.
The following year’s championships in Brest saw Mat win bronze with the men’s eight. He went on to take gold in the same boat at the FISU World University Championships in Hungary a few weeks later.
Mat’s senior debut came at the 2011 European Championships in a men’s four that also featured Scott Durant – they won the B final and placed seventh overall.
He made a successful return to the World U23 Championships in 2012, winning men’s pair gold with Kieren Emery in Trakai after an impressive performance. The same pair also raced at the European Championships in Varese, finishing just outside the medals.
Mat made his first GB Rowing Team appearances at the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championships, finishing seventh in the men’s pair on his debut in Beijing before winning a fine silver medal with the coxed four in Linz.
Club: Oxford Brookes University Boat Club
Boat: Men’s Squad
Coaches: Christian Felkel
Learnt to Row: Weybridge Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Weybridge Rowing Club, Walton Rowing Club, Molesey Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Paul Willcocks, Nick de Cata, Henry Bailhache-Webb
Mat was a keen rugby player before taking up rowing and remains a committed fan of the sport. He studies Construction Management at Oxford Brookes University and would like to take up property development after his rowing career.
He relaxes by playing Xbox, watching TV and going to the cinema. He is a big fan of Game of Thrones and his favourite film is Warrior.
Spain is Mat’s favourite travel destination – “it has been a holiday destination in my family for a very long time and as we always visited the same area, it feels like a second home.”
A self-proclaimed “big carnivore”, Mat likes nothing more than a massive steak with some chips and maybe a fried egg. He loves to cook and is a big fan of Jamie Oliver.
He is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.
Olympic medallist Karen Bennett and a host of potential Tokyo 2020 stars were among the winners during an action-packed weekend of racing at the British Rowing Senior Championships in Nottingham.
Rio 2016 Olympic champion Scott Durant and silver-medalist Karen Bennett will be among the thousands of competitors at the 2016 British Rowing Senior Championships, taking place in Nottingham this Saturday and Sunday.
The British Olympic Association has today announced the rowers who will race in the men’s eight at this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games in a line-up bristling with World and Olympic Champions and medallists.
The GB Rowing Team’s one gold, two silver and a bronze medal world cup performance in Switzerland today was somewhat undermined by illness.