Matt
Weston

Place of birthRedhill

Age23
Height6' 0"
Weight77kg

Matt Weston enjoyed a superb debut racing season as he medalled on the Europa Cup circuit, featured in World Cup competition and appeared at the season ending World Championships.

Having made his GB debut with a 15th-place finish on the Europa Cup in Winterberg in December, Matt won a silver medal in Igls and bronze in Altenberg a month later.

He then stepped up to the World Cup circuit in St Moritz at the end of January, placing 13th on his first taste of top tier competition.

Matt's impressive rise continued when he was selected for the World Championships in Altenberg in February and he justified his coaches' confidence in his abilities by finishing 15th in the individual event and fourth in the team competition. He missed a medal by just three hundredths of a second alongside Madelaine Smith in the latter as his debut year almost featured a fairytale ending.

A keen all-round sportsman, Matt is another one of the current crop of GB Skeleton Talent athletes to have represented his country in another sport prior to joining the programme in the summer of 2017.

Matt practiced taekwondo up until the age of 17 when a serious injury brought that particular sporting career to an end. He won international honours for England and picked up medals at numerous UK and foreign-based meets, including gold and silver in the European Cup in Slovakia in 2012 and silver and bronze in the World Cup in Brighton in 2014.

Matt also played rugby right up until he started the selection process for GB Skeleton and had previously represented Kent and played for a Saracens Academy college (St Albans College), as well as his local team, Sevenoaks RFC.

His introduction to skeleton came via the Discover Your Gold talent identification scheme following a suggestion from his weightlifting coach, Chris Dear.

MATT IN HIS OWN WORDS...

  • Nickname: Weston
  • Most likely to be spotted: in the gym or in the pub eating a lot and drinking water or orange juice
  • Least likely to be found: clothes shopping
  • Me in three: happy, sarcastic, generous
  • Hero: My granddad, Harry
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd like to be a professional rugby player