Matt
Weston

Place of birthRedhill

Age25
Height6' 0"
Weight83kg

Matt Weston is World Cup race winner who earned selection for his first Olympic Winter Games just two years after making his World Cup debut.

Matt headed to the Beijing Olympics in February 2022 as the country's highest ranked slider across both the male and female disciplines after ending the 2021/22 campaign 10th in the global standings.

He finished 15th in Beijing having made history in November 2021 when he claimed Great Britain's first World Cup win in almost 14 years after a three-way tie for gold in Igls.

Matt previously medalled on the World Cup circuit at the same venue in December 2020 when he won silver just a week after finishing fourth in the first race of an Austrian double header.

Matt's meteoric rise to the highest level of international competition begun with a 15th-place finish in his debut race on the Europa Cup in Winterberg in December 2019, with a silver medal in Igls and bronze in Altenberg following just a month later.

He then stepped up to the World Cup circuit in St Moritz at the end of January 2020, placing 13th on his first taste of top tier competition.

Matt's impressive progress continued when he was selected for the World Championships in Altenberg in February of that year 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 in the latter as his debut year almost featured a fairytale ending.

He was 23rd in the individual race at the 2021 World Championships back in Altenberg and he repeated his fourth-place finish in the team event with Laura Deas.

A keen all-round sportsman, Matt is another one of the current crop of British Skeleton 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 British 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: Great bloke / legend
  • Most likely to be spotted: getting coffee and always eating
  • Least likely to be found: shopping for anything other than food
  • Me in three: finger gun god
  • Hero: Eddie Hall

  • Random fact: I can juggle and ride a unicycle at the same time
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd do anything but an office job

  • Career highlight: winning World Cup gold and representing Team GB at the Olympics