<h5>Will Ryan and Mathew Belcher</h5>
<p>Will Ryan and Mathew Belcher at the Open Europeans Championships 2015.</p>
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Mathew Belcher

Mathew Belcher

Sailing Schedule & Results

(Local) / 01:50 PM 18 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Medal Race

18 (9th)

AUS


Croatia (CRO)
Australia (AUS)
Greece (GRE)

(Local) / 03:55 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 10

7 (7th)

AUS


(Local) / 02:30 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 09

1 (1st)

AUS


(Local) / 01:05 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 08

7 (7th)

AUS


(Local) / 02:40 PM 14 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 07

10 (10th)

AUS


(Local) / 01:15 PM 14 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 06

8 (8th)

AUS


(Local) / 01:05 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 05

2 (2nd)

AUS


(Local) / 02:45 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 04

3 (3rd)

AUS


(Local) / 01:15 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 03

3 (3rd)

AUS


(Local) / 02:30 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 02

1 (1st)

AUS


(Local) / 01:05 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 01

8 (8th)

AUS


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Athlete Biography

Mathew Belcher is the defending Olympic champion in the men's 470 class, having won gold with former crew Malcolm Page at London 2012.

After the 2012 Games, Belcher paired up with Rio Olympic debutant Will Ryan, who was a training partner in the lead up to the London Games.

Belcher is married to German sailor Friederike Belcher who competed in the 470 women's class at London 2012. The couple have two children, Anton and Amelie.

The Gold Coast based sailor took up the sport at age six. His sporting heroes are Paul Elvstrom, Tom King and Ben Ainslie.

Belcher first represented Australia at the 1998/99 420 World Championships in Athens, Greece.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 1st (470M)

Recent Performances

  • 4th - 2016 Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland, Great Britain
  • 2nd - 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres Hyeres, France
  • 1st - 2016 470 European Championship Mallorca - Illes Balears, Spain
  • 1st - 2016 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Palma de Majorca, Spain
  • 3rd - 2016 470 World Championship San Isidro, Argentina

Career Highlights

  • Having two amazing children whilst competing between London 2012 to Rio 2016, Anton & Amelie
  • 2012 London Olympic Champion & 2013 Rolex World Sailor of the Year
  • 6 times consecutive World Champion 470M (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Education

  • Primary
    The Southport School, Gold Coast QLD
  • Secondary
    The Southport School, Gold Coast QLD
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Commerce - Bond University (2001-2009); Master of Project Management (2012- ) , Master of Valuation and Property Development (2012-)

Training

  • Coach
    Victor Kovalenko (2001 - current)
  • Institute/Academy
    Australian Institute of Sport Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Middle Harbour Yacht Club, NSW
  • Secondary Training Base
    Southport Yacht Club, QLD

Q&A

Favourite food
Pancakes
Favourite holiday destination
Hamburg, Germany
Dream car
Audi RS6/4 or Audi R8
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Golf or Taekwondo or running (I have a black belt in taekwondo)
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
All Olympic performances - its inspiring to see athletes realise their dreams and exceed them.
First Olympic Memory?
Sydney 2000, John Coates invited me as a junior athlete to carry flag at closing ceremony because I had just won the 420 World Championships.
Most Influential person in your career/life
My coach Victor Kovalenko and my wife Friederike.
Why this sport?
It's different. I love the fact that every training or racing is different, conditions are always changing. It's a sport for a longevity, it's a sport I can do for the rest of my life.