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Mr Matthew Brittain

The Order of Ikhamanga in

Mr Matthew Brittain Awarded for:
His excellent contribution to the field of water sport and winning gold for South Africa in the 2012 Olympic Games. His strong determination is an inspiration to the young people of South Africa.
Profile of Matthew Brittain

Mr Matthew Brittain is a South African rower. He won a gold medal in the men’s lightweight coxless four event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

On 2 August 2012, Brittain and his teammates Sizwe Ndlovu, James Thompson and John Smith shocked the world by winning gold for South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics. It was a historic moment for the South African men’s lightweight rowing team and for the sport – one that Brittain will certainly never forget.

However, Brittain’s career has been adversely affected by recurring back injuries. In 2010 he had a back surgery, but recovered remarkably to go on and win in the 2012 Olympics in London. However, his back problem recurred in 2013, forcing him to eventually take decision to retire.

Sport, however, remains closest to Brittain’s heart and he is now fulfilling this passion through his events company focussing on sponsorship for the rowing team and raising the profile of the sport in the country.