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Mike Sweeney has retired as Chairman of the Committee of Management after 22 years at the helm. Mike became a Steward in 1974 and took over the Chairmanship in January 1993.
At today’s Annual Meeting of the Stewards Sir Steve Redgrave, C.B.E. was elected as the new Chairman of the Committee of Management. Steve was elected a Steward in 1996 and became a Member of the Committee in December 1999. For the last 12 months Steve has acted as Vice-Chairman.
Steve won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000 as well as a bronze medal at the 1988 summer games, a grand total of six Olympic medals. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Championships gold medals. With five gold medals and one bronze, Steve is the most successful male rower in Olympic history, and his achievement of being the only Olympian to have won gold medals at five different Olympic Games in an endurance sport has led to him being hailed as Britain's greatest-ever Olympian.
Steve’s record at Henley Royal Regatta is also unsurpassed. He has won 22 Henley Medals, including seven victories in The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup for Pairs.
Sir Matthew Pinsent will replace Mike Sweeney on the Committee of Management for 2015.
Matthew Brittin, Esq. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.
Matthew Brittin was educated at Hampton School and Robinson College, Cambridge where he studied Land Economy. He was awarded an MBA from the London Business School in 1997. Matthew joined Google in January 2007, becoming Managing Director of Google UK in 2009. He is currently a Google Vice President.
In his two appearances at the Junior World Rowing Championships Matthew won silver medals in the coxless fours event in 1985 and 1986. His first senior international appearance was in 1987 when he rowed in the Great Britain Eight at the World Championships. In 1988 he won a bronze medal in the British Under 23 Eight and in 1989 he won a bronze medal in the British Eight at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.
Matthew rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Races of 1987, 1988 and 1989. He was President in his last year.
Matthew is married with two sons.
British crews produced a strong string of performances to dominate the finals day of the 175th Anniversary Henley Royal Regatta.
There were wins in the open events for men’s and women’s eights, the men’s four and the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls on a day which saw a brace of races decided by just three feet after the 2112 metre course.
As expected the Olympic Champions Mahe Drysdale, of New Zealand, and Mirka Knapkova, Czech Republic, won the two open events for single scullers, adding to their growing collection of previous titles.
Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi and Alex Gregory went largely unchallenged today to qualify for tomorrow’s final of the Henley Royal Regatta Stewards’ Challenge Cup for men’s fours.
The GB quartet, competing as a Molesey-Leander composite here and already European and world cup winners this season, had a length lead by the quarter-mile marker today in their semi-final over the French national four. They lengthened this throughout the race and could ease off at the finish.