Andrew
Matthews

Place of birthSlough

Age33
Height5' 9"
Weight85kg

Andy started competing in bobsleigh in 2012 after an injury-filled athletics career. He was previously a 100m sprinter who also enjoyed success in the 60m version of the sport. A former Junior European Champion and Junior National Champion in the 60m, Andy was a European U23 finalist in both the 100m and 4x100m relay.

He competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics, placing 19th in Sochi alongside Lamin Deen, John Baines and Ben Simons, and finished fifth in the 2015 World Championships in Winterberg with Deen, Simons and Bruce Tasker. His 21st place in the 4-man event at the 2017 Worlds in Konigssee was his fourth appearance at a World Championships, with his first coming in 2013. 

Andy was twice a winner on the North American Cup circuit in 2014/15, topping the standings in both Park City and Calgary as part of Deen’s four-man crew, having also tasted glory in Park City in 2013. He was sixth in the World Cup 4-man event in Lake Placid in December 2016, with his best World Cup result coming at the same venue 11 months earlier when he finished fourth with Deen, Baines and Joel Fearon.

ANDREW IN HIS OWN WORDS...

  • Nickname: Skittles
  • Most likely to be spotted: playing FIFA, eating Skittles, while pretending to listen to the Mrs
  • Least likely to be found: in the library
  • Me in three: shaped not faded
  • Heroes: Linford Christie and Ian Wright. I watched Linford on TV when I was a kid and wanted to be like him. He achieved everything he possibly could in his sporting career but had to wait until he was 32 to win Olympic Gold in the 100m. Ian Wright was fast, skillful and passionate about football and he didn’t start playing professionally until he was 26. Both men inspired me because they never gave up, even when people said they should
  • Random fact: I collect (not drink) whiskeys and cognacs from all over the world
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I currently work as a learning/behaviour mentor