Mathew Belcher is a dual Olympic medallist in the men’s 470 class, claiming gold at the London 2012 Games and then a silver at the Rio 2016 Games.
At London, Belcher made his Olympic debut alongside Beijing 2008 Olympic Champion Malcom Page. Having combined with Page to win the 2010 and 2011 World Championships the pair were expected to be fighting it out for the medals and they did not disappoint. They scored five victories out of the ten races prior to the medal race and, apart from one ninth, did not finish outside the top five. Their second in the medal race was more than enough to ensure that Belcher made a golden Olympic debut and Page went back to back.
After Page’s retirement, Belcher teamed up with Will Ryan. Ryan had been a training partner in the lead up to 2012. The pair couldn’t quite retain the title in Rio, but managed a spectacular silver. Going into the medal race they had been guaranteed at least a bronze but were up against Croatia and Greece for first and second on the podium. The Aussies, trailing Croatia by 13 points and Greece by two before the double-points final race, needed to be seven boats clear of Croatia to win an unlikely gold, or one boat ahead of Greece for the silver. Croatia finished eighth to claim gold, Australia ninth for silver and Greece 10th for bronze.
Belcher is married to German sailor Friederike Belcher who competed in the 470 women's class at London 2012. The couple have two children, Anton and Amelie.
The Gold Coast based sailor took up the sport at age six. His sporting heroes are Paul Elvstrom, Tom King and Ben Ainslie.
Belcher first represented Australia at the 1998/99 420 World Championships in Athens, Greece.