Matt Aldridge

Matt Aldridge

Rower - Men's Squad
Club: Oxford Brookes University BC
Height: 193cm
Hometown: Christchurch, Dorset

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Intro

Rowing is a family business for Matt. His dad, Steve, a long-time coach at Christchurch Rowing Club, has always been a driving force in his career and Matt’s love for the sport has been nurtured by his dad’s love for it.

As a child, Matt would often be found on the launch watching his dad coach and was later coached by him at Christchurch. Matt’s nan is his number one fan and her unwavering support and belief in her grandson has driven his will to succeed. He also met his fiancé, Sophia when they raced as part of the GB Under23 Rowing Team.

Matt’s time on the senior GB Rowing Team hasn’t been easy. In 2022 he tested positive for COVID the day before the start of the World Rowing Championships and had to watch his men’s four crew mates claim the title from his hotel room. Committed to coming back fighting in 2023, Matt was reselected to the men’s four in 2023. The crew’s calm and efficient approach to racing saw them retain their World Championship title, finish the season unbeaten and stylishly qualify the boat for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

After rowing, between training and preparing for the Olympics, Matt and Sophia are busy planning their 2025 wedding.

On The Water

GB Competitive Record
Year Event Result Boat
2024 World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Bronze M4-
2024 European Rowing Championships
Szeged, HUN
Gold M4-
2024 World Rowing Cup I
Varese, ITA
Gold M4-
2023 World Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
Gold M4-
2023 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M4- (GBR1)
2023 World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Gold M4-
2023 European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Gold M4-
2022 European Rowing Championships
Munich, GER
Gold M4-
2022 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M4-
2022 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Silver M2-
2021 World Rowing Cup III
Sabaudia, ITA
Silver M4-
2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Poznan, POL
Silver BM8+
2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Bronze BM8+
2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Rotterdam, NED
5 BM4+
2014 World Rowing Junior Championships
Hamburg, GER
4 JM8+
Year:
2024
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2024
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Szeged, HUN
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2024
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Varese, ITA
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Result:
Boat:
M4- (GBR1)
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2023
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2022
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Munich, GER
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2022
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2022
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Result:
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2021
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Sabaudia, ITA
Result:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Poznan, POL
Result:
Boat:
BM8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Result:
Boat:
BM8+
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Rotterdam, NED
Result:
5
Boat:
BM4+
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing Junior Championships
Hamburg, GER
Result:
4
Boat:
JM8+