Matthew Tarrant

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 11th Jul 1990 (26 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 open-weight men's squad at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Matthew 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.

 

Mat won World Championship gold in 2014 and 2015, having also won medals at Junior and U23 level

On The Water

2015

World Champion Men's Coxed Pair

2014

World Champion Men's Eight

European Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

2012

World U23 Champion Men's Pair

2011

World U23 Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

2010

World University Champion Men's Eight

World U23 Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

2008

World Junior Silver Medallist Men's Coxed Four

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

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.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

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.

(Clockwise from back left) Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell, Will Satch, Pete Reed, Constantine Louloudis, cox Phelan Hill, Tom Ransley, Paul Bennett, Matt Gotrel and Mat Tarrant after winning men's eight gold at the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam
Matthew Tarrant and Kieren Emery won men's pair gold at the 2012 World U23 Championships

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.

GB Competitive Record

World Rowing Championships
2015 M2+
2014 M8+
2013 5th M4-
World Rowing Championships:
2015
M2+
World Rowing Championships:
2014
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2013
5th
M4-
European Rowing Championships
2014 M8+
2012 4th M2-
2011 7th M4-
European Rowing Championships:
2014
M8+
European Rowing Championships:
2012
4th
M2-
European Rowing Championships:
2011
7th
M4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan 4th M2-
2016 Lucerne M2-
2016 Varese M2-
2015 Lucerne M2+
2015 Varese 6th M2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
4th
M2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
M2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Varese
M2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
M2+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
6th
M2-
World Rowing U23 Championships
2012 M2-
2011 M8+
2010 M8+
2009 11th M4-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2012
M2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
M8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2010
M8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2009
11th
M4-
World Rowing Junior Championships
2008 M4+
2007 7th M2-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2008
M4+
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2007
7th
M2-
World University Rowing Championships
2010 M8+
World University Rowing Championships:
2010
M8+
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 7th M2-
2015 5th M2-
2014 5th M2-
2013 5th M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
7th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
5th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
5th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
5th
M2-

More info...

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
Role: Rower
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

Beyond the Boat

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.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region
Ashford Oxford Shepperton Middlesex
Place of Birth:
Ashford
Current Address:
Oxford
Home Town:
Shepperton
Region:
Middlesex
Date of Birth Height
11th July 1990 194cm
Date of Birth:
11th July 1990
Height:
194cm
Education
Oxford Brookes University
Education:
Oxford Brookes University