Matthew Pinsent shares his love of reading

Here four time Olympic gold medalist and now sports presenter, Matthew Pinsent tells us more about the role that reading plays in his life.

Q: Why do you enjoy reading? 
A: I love reading. It’s not only a major part of my sporting and professional life, but more importantly it gives me a chance to escape from all that. The night before the Olympic final, I read a chapter or two of Bill Bryson. It was brilliant to be able to think about something other than rowing!

Q: What memories do you have of reading when you were a child? 
A: Bedtime stories with Dad. He would fall asleep before I did!

Q: Any books that inspired you during childhood?
A: Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. 

Q: What do you enjoy reading now?
A: Historical novels. I enjoyed reading English Passengers by Matthew Kneale and Atonement by Ian McEwan.  I find time to read when traveling. 

Q: How would you encourage boys and young men to read?
A: Give them a book which I hope would surprise them

Plus here is what some famous tennis Olympians have to say about reading…

Venus Williams

Venus Williams
Olympic Gold Medallist, 2000 and 2008

“It’s very important. I always have a book with me. It opens my mind, it strengthens your vocabulary, it’s fun. You read about things that don’t happen in real life.”

Ivan Ljubicic

Ivan Ljubicic
Olympic Bronze Medallist, 2004:

“Reading is a great escape for me — while reading there are whole new worlds opening up to you. It broadens your perspective of the world, makes you get to know other people and their cultures, and it’s exciting starting a new book, not knowing if it just might be the newest jewel in your book collection.”

Andy Murray

Andy Murray
Olympic Gold Medal contender, 2012

“I like to read before I go to bed and on flights. I travel a lot so I read a lot of magazines too.”

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