Matt Gotrel is back to where it all started. After winning a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as part of Team GB's rowing team, he has returned to the sport he loved from a young age.
Gotrel started sailing at age 8, alongside his father and grandfather. After learning the ropes, he quickly took to high-performance skiff sailing, progressing into the Olympic 49er class, in which he competed against, and got beaten by, his now teammates Dylan Fletcher and Chris Draper.
After losing one too many times, Gotrel decided to start working toward a degree in engineering at Loughborough University. Sailing’s loss was rowing’s gain, as it was there that he took up rowing. Three years later, he joined the Great Britain Rowing Team, and with two world championships to his name, he won Olympic gold.
But Gotrel couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back in a boat, pull on the national jersey and represent Great Britain again, just now going a bit faster.
Off the water, he enjoys any outdoor pursuits, but most of his time is spent walking his dog.
"Sailing has always been my passion and to have the opportunity to get back in a boat and represent my country is something I could never turn down. To be part of this team and racing these boats is going to be truly spectacular. It's not sailing as I remember it, it really is redefined. The boats are incredible, and with six of them chasing each other round a course it’s going to be amazing racing, I just can’t wait to get to the start line!"