No medal for Hexham rower but he's still a hero back home

No medals for the Great Britain Quad sculls team. Hexham Rower Matt Wells is pictured on the far left.
No medals for the Great Britain Quad sculls team. Hexham Rower Matt Wells is pictured on the far left. Photo: PA

There was to be no dream retirement from international rowing for Hexham's Matt Wells. The 33 year old and the Great Britain Quad sculls team couldn't find that winning formula in the A-class final today, finishing a disappointing fifth.

For Matt it was not the way he wanted his international career to end. But the Tynedale rower can take heart from the fact that back home his efforts have inspired a generation of rowers.

Matt Wells has inspired a new generation of rowers in his home town of Hexham.
Matt Wells has inspired a new generation of rowers in his home town of Hexham. Credit: ITV News

Members of the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School rowing club, where Matt's talent was first spotted and where he still coaches, gathered to watch the final.

And despite the result they say they are still proud of their local hero and inspired to be as good as him.

His former teacher Pauline Wiggins tells us what's made him such a great athlete

The next time the Olympian will take to the water will be at a sprint Regatta in his home town of Hexham on August 18th, organised to mark his retirement from international rowing. The event will see 10 Olympians competing against each other.

And he's sure to get a hero's welcome from the youngsters who watched him today.

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