Four-times Olympic gold medalist to speak at region's business event - The Rugby Observer

Four-times Olympic gold medalist to speak at region's business event

Rugby Editorial 11th Sep, 2021   0

ONE of Britain’s greatest ever Olympians will be the keynote speaker at a major event for businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire later this year.

Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE, who won rowing gold medals at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, will be speaking at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business and Economic Conference on Friday November 12.

The event will be a hybrid of a live and virtual audience hosted from the IXL Events Centre on the site of the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam.

The conference, sponsored by Prime Accountants Group, will be based on the theme of ‘Against All Odds’ and will hear from a range of businesspeople and key decision-makers looking at some of the inspirational stories of the past 18 months and looking ahead to brighter economic times.

Pinsent will look back on a career that saw him pick-up two Olympic gold medals in the rowing coxless pairs with Sir Steve Redgrave in 1992 and 1996, and then a further two golds as a part of the coxless fours team in 2000 and 2004.

Away from the focus of the Olympics, he was just as successful – claiming 14 titles out of a possible 15 in the rowing at the Henley Regatta from 1990 onwards.

Pinsent was knighted in 2005 and has gone on to enjoy a successful career in the media as well as being the author of the best-selling book A Lifetime in a Race.

Louise Bennett, the chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker for the Annual Conference is Sir Matthew Pinsent.

“It has been such an incredible year for sport already and who better to inspire our audience than one of the greatest ever Olympians this country has ever produced.

“Our conference is going to have a theme of Against All Odds and we want to use this year’s event to show the world that Coventry and Warwickshire businesses are well and truly back. We’ve battled against 18 months of restrictions and have had to adapt to changes, sometimes on a daily basis.

“So, we are putting together a line-up that will inspire and inform our audience ready to meet the challenges of the next 12 months head on.”

The Chamber’s Business Influence and Business Engage Members will be invited to be part of the live audience at the event, which will start at 8.30am and finish at 1pm, with live streaming available to all other businesses.

Louise added: “We were determined to get back out there and produce a live event for this year’s Conference but understand that not everyone is ready, yet, to be part of a packed business audience.

“So, producing a hybrid event made the most sense and we are looking forward to seeing everyone either face-to-face or remotely on November 12.”

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